Lighter bottles are to be made available to Champagne producers as part of efforts to reduce the wine region's carbon footprint.

At 835g, the new bottles are 65g lighter than their current counterparts, Champagne trade body, the Comité Interprofessionnel des Vins de Champagne (CIVC), said today (16 March).

The CIVC is encouraging all Champagne houses and cooperatives to begin using the lighter bottles in order to help the region reduce carbon emissions.

If taken up by the vast majority of producers, the new bottle will cut Champagne industry carbon dioxide emissions by 8,000 tonnes, equivalent to that of 4,000 cars, the CIVC said.

The move is part of the CIVC's strategy to cut carbon emissions by 25% from 2003 levels by 2020, and by 75% by 2050.

Lighter bottles will shave 1% off the industry's total emissions, the body said at a briefing in London today.

The CIVC will not force producers to use the lighter bottle, however.