FRANCE: Bordeaux wine body sets CO2 emissions targets
The Bordeaux wine industry has said it plans to cut CO2 emissions by 15% in the next five years, and by 75% by 2050.
The targets, announced this week, follow an industry-wide monitoring process that has put current emissions at 200,000 tonnes annually.
"They are very realistic objectives and we know what we need to do," Muriel Barthe, of the Bordeaux Wine Council (CIVB), told just drinks today (21 November).
Glass bottle production and wine transport are the two main culprits, accounting for 43% and 18% of emissions. Indirect factors, such as travel by wine growers to promote wines, and emissions from tourists visiting the region, were also measured.
Further details of Bordeaux's emission reduction strategy are to be announced in February 2009. They are likely to include use of lighter bottles, increased use of train and sea freight and reduced fertiliser use.
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