There is a lot of talk about becoming carbon neutral these days. The EU has the ambition to become the first continent with zero emissions by 2050. But wine regions also have similar ambitions (I suppose if the EU is, we all have to be).
The Comité Champagne (CIVC, which brings together the houses, cooperatives, and growers) decided at its annual meeting in December that by 2050, Champagne will have “zero emissions”. It is, of course, not possible in any business to eliminate all greenhouse gas emissions.
In Champagne, they plan to drastically reduce the emissions, increase carbon sequestration in and around the vineyards by planting hedges, trees, and shrubs, and then compensate for the rest. Also, already by 2030, they hope to have more or less eliminated the use of herbicides.
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