Protecting the planet

Increased human activity fuels the greenhouse effect, resulting in an increase in the Earth’s surface temperature and a significant risk of climate change on our planet. The international community has acknowledged the issue and is developing measures to combat this phenomenon. We are doing the same. Sustainable development is perceived as a continual improvement process which follows on logically from environmental management and quality process initiatives. Environmental management processes are therefore a useful step for implementing our corporate strategy.

In application of the ISO 14001 standard, the production sites have identified their potential impacts through ‘environmental analysis’ that has helped define the important priority points to be controlled.

 
 

Reducing water consumption

Consumption of this resource is a key part of our environmental policy. In Champagne in particular, action plans have been implemented in order to prevent overconsumption and leaks while maintaining the same product quality. The Vranken Champagne site is a good example in this field, having reduced its water consumption by 47% between 2005 and 2010. We achieved these results thanks to our staff's commitment, technical changes, and strict monitoring plans.

 
   
 

Waste management

Several types of improvements are possible, such as reuse, recycling or energy recovery. To make better use of materials, the waste on our sites must be sorted meticulously. There are currently four main waste categories:

  • non-hazardous industrial waste
  • hazardous industrial waste
  • healthcare waste
  • by-products.

All staff are educated in waste sorting practices. All of our sites (production and administrative) are equipped with the various necessary bins and containers. 

 
   
 

Reducing energy consumption

The production and consumption of energy is the source of 70% of greenhouse gas emissions, which will continue to rise over the next few years.
At the current rate, according to the latest estimations by the International Energy Agency, greenhouse gas emissions should rise by 43% by 2030. One of the goals of the current work on the group's sites is therefore to reduce energy consumption.

A comprehensive energy diagnostic was done at the end of 2009 on the Champagne production sites, helping us identify ways of saving energy and quickly implement economically-profitable measures to reduce energy consumption.
Based on a detailed analysis of the existing situation and site data, the audit resulted in a detailed proposal with figures, leading us to decide on the appropriate actions to take and investments to make.

 
 

Waste water treatment

Water is the main natural resource affected by vinification and bottling activities. We must control water consumption as best as possible but also manage the waste water produced by our activities. Waste water represents one of our sector's main environmental impacts. To manage this, each production site has its own waste water treatment method.

The Tours sur Marne production site has an activated sludge waste water treatment plant. This structure was commissioned in 2005 and treats all of the waste water from the fermentation and packaging facilities. It comprises a succession of systems through which the waste water passes. Each system is designed to extract the various pollutants contained in the water progressively. One of the main steps involves placing bacteria, in suspension in the water in the basins, in contact with the pollutant materials on which they feed and providing them with the oxygen necessary for this process.

 
   
 
 

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