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Napa and Champagne lead the way

Winegrowers are among those taking the lead in reducing their footprint on the planet and trying to understand and fight the effects of climate change. Napa Valley and Champagne are two great examples of regions already making strides.

Champagne, the wine region located in the northeast of France, has launched carbon reduction and environmental sustainability initiatives over the last 15 years. The region has instituted community-wide solutions, decreasing its carbon emissions in vineyards, production facilities and worldwide shipping, thus reducing its carbon intensity by 15 percent since 2003. By 2050, the region hopes to cut its footprint by 75 percent. This effort has included more than 40 specific initiatives, like the introduction of a new standard bottle, which is only two ounces lighter, but reduces carbon emissions at a rate that is the equivalent of taking 4,000 vehicles off French roads every year.

Five thousand miles on the other side of the world, wine producers in Napa Valley have come together to find solutions in their region. The industry has also committed by 2020 to full participation in the region’s stringent and independently certified environmental programs, Napa Green Land and Winery. Participating wineries are improving their efficiency, quantifying and saving water and energy and reducing waste – all of which decreases the winery’s carbon footprint.  Participating land owners minimize erosion and soil loss, reduce harmful inputs and runoff, encourage biodiversity and work to restore wild lands and the health of creeks and the Napa River. More than 37,000 acres/15,000 hectares or 40 percent of the region’s vineyards have already been certified by outside, third-party regulators.