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The Bordeaux wine industry yesterday (5 February) set out plans to reduce its carbon emissions by 75% by 2050 and, more immediately, to see a 20% reduction in the next ten years.

Among the plans, which include recycling, solar energy, sharing vineyard equipment and producing lighter glass bottles, was the idea of resurrecting the traditional use of boats for delivering wine, rather than by air or road freight.

Sea transport is most energy-efficient over long distances, saving around six times the carbon emissions of a truck.

Around 40% of Bordeaux wine is exported, and of the amount that travels outside Europe, only 10% currently uses sea transport as a means of delivery.

"In order to make this happen, we need to reform both our professional culture and our individual behaviour," said Alain Vironneau, president of the Bordeaux Wine Bureau (CIVB).


Sectors: Wine

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