Paris: Champagne bottles are getting
lighter to go greener.
Industry`s trade association, the Interprofessional
Committee of Champagne Wine, has said it is launching a new
standard bottle to cut carbon emissions. The new bottle looks
the same as ever but weighs 835 grams instead of 900 grams.
That means vehicles transporting it will require less fuel.
The committee says the change will cut carbon dioxide
output by 8,000 metric tons a year, which it likens to the
annual emissions of 4,000 cars.
The industry worked with glassmakers on the new bottles
to ensure they can hold up under the pressure of the bubbles.
Until the late 19th century, champagne bottles often exploded
from that pressure -- a problem that went away as glassmaking
Some vintners have begun using the new bottles already
and are pleased with the results, said Sonia Smith, director
of the Champagne Bureau, which represents the champagne
industry association in the United States.
Based on a 2002 environmental impact assessment,
France`s champagne industry has set a target of cutting its
carbon footprint by 25 per cent by 2020.