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Bordeaux To Measure Wine’s CO2 Footprint

wine2.jpgThe Bordeaux Wine Board (CIVB) is launching a project to measure the GHG the region’s industry is producing. The project, called “Bilan Carbone” in French, will run for the next six months in association with the French Environment Agency, and the CIVB says the results will be released in September.

The aim of the study is to give an overview of all emissions resulting from growing and tending vines, making wine, and bottling, storage and delivery. It will also look at associated activities such as personnel, packaging, vine treatments and waste management. According to Roland Feredj, CIVB director, the study will cost about $70,000.Last November, the first-ever attempt at a carbon neutral vineyard in France began in Bordeaux’s Medoc region.

Another Bordeaux winemaking family, the Despagne Family, has already launched a carbon reduction project, planting 25 acres of sunflowers that will be used to produce fuel for tractors, but they said studying carbon emissions was a challenge. The Despagnes are using an Australian protocol, developed by Australian wine industry consultant, Provisor, and the Yalumba Wine Company, to measure their GHG and compare them with global standards.

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