Burgundy: The region’s wine sector is committed to achieving carbon neutrality

Lighter weight, molten glass with green electricity, hedges in the vines to absorb CO2 emissions… This is what the wine world in Burgundy could look like. In question ? The Region has a goal: to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, as reported the gallery

To meet this massive challenge, the interprofessional Burgundy wine organization (3,600 estates, 270 trading houses and 16 cooperative cellars) needs to take action on these key areas of CO2 emissions, namely “packaging, transportation and freight”explains to the gallery Jean-Yves Bizot, winegrower in Vosne Romanée and member of the technical committee of the Bureau de l’Interprofession des Vins de Bourgogne (BIBV), structure responsible for the initiative with Adelphe, a subsidiary of Citeo, the company behind the management. and glass containers in France. † We have identified several levers that will appeal to the entire territory – even beyond winegrowing – to respond to these three aspects in the coming years.he added.

Firstly, through a project called “Climate Objective”, Adelphe and the BRSI will study the data of the sector’s most recent carbon footprint and propose a methodology to reduce the impact of viticulture on the environment. The two structures aim to go from 380,000 tons of carbon to 150,000 by 2035, reports the echoes† How? ‘Or what? The weight of the bottles should be reduced from 600 grams to 450 grams, saving 25% in greenhouse gas emissions. To make these lighter bottles, canopies and glass blowers will need to use renewable electricity.

By reducing both the weight of the bottle and the carbon footprint of its production, we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 70%† †

Jean-Yves Bizot

Avoid carbon credits

For so-called “incompressible” carbon emissions, the idea is: “acting at the heart of the vineyards by identifying local projects – vegetation or hedge plantations – and agricultural practices such as agroforestry or forestry projects”always explains Sophie Wolff, deputy director of Adelphe the gallery

These measures should enable the entire local sector to earn points from consumers, who are increasingly demanding environmental initiatives. But also to be able to avoid a non-negligible cost related to carbon credits. If the approach remains self-interested, it is no less beneficial in the fight against climate change. In the hope that the winegrowers and winegrowers will of course escape the green washing† So to be viewed.

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