‘As of January 2016, Champagne Drappier is the first Champagne House in the World to have reduced their carbon emissions to a net zero carbon footprint.’ — Michel Drappier, winemaker and CEO of Champagne Drappier
After ten years of laborious dedication to sustainability, Drappier can now celebrate its success in becoming the very first house of Champagne to achieve a totally carbon neutral footprint. ‘This certification is only the starting point,’ says Drappier, ‘because it forces us to introduce a system for reducing [the] use of fossil fuels.’
Their list of efforts include:
- 45% of the electricity used is produced by solar panels – set to increase to 75% by 2017.
- Air-conditioning has been replaced, where possible, by an innovative ‘free cooling system’.
- A 5 year plan for aggressive fuel-reduction has been put in place.
- Wind turbines, commissioned from a sustainable project in India, will help continue their vision for an increasingly eco-friendly House.
Michel Drappier explained, ‘We wanted to go beyond our organic vineyard management and extend the ethos to every part of our business.’ After their 2014 organic accreditation, for a large proportion of their vineyards, this next set of commitments to environmental-friendliness shows how determined Michel and his team are to embracing such practices.