Telmont publishes Our Guide to Sustainability in Champagne and asserts a dual objective: to become, as of 2030, the first Climate Positive Champagne house, and to be Net Positive by 2050.
January 19th – Since June 2021, the Telmont Champagne house is committed to its project In the Name of Mother Nature, with a focus on organic agriculture and preservation of biodiversity, as well as reducing its environmental footprint by eliminating all giftboxes and reducing bottle weight.
Today, Telmont Champagne takes another step forward by publishing Our Guide to Sustainability in Champagne, which sets out the trajectory towards an industry first: being a Climate Positive Champagne house in 2030 and becoming Net Positive by 2050.
Being Climate Positive goes beyond carbon neutrality: it means compensating more greenhouse gas emissions (CO2 and all other GHG) than those produced. Achieving Net Positive status is an even more ambitious goal. In compliance with the Net Zero standard, it means drastically reducing GHG emissions (by at least 90%) as well as sequestering more than the equivalent of residual emissions.
This substantial contribution to safeguarding our planet requires to radically change the ways we cultivate, produce and transport. Maison Telmont has based its approach on science, adopting the recognized Science–Based Targets Initiative (SBTI) method. The Guide, designed as a practical tool, provides step by step details of the program elaborated in close collaboration with sustainable development consulting firm Quantis.
Maison Telmont started off by measuring its carbon footprint considering Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions. This preliminary analysis was used to set reduction goals for direct GHG emissions produced by its winemaking activity, as well as indirect emissions generated by purchased energy, materials, and services (raw materials, transportation, bottles, etc.)
To reach these ambitious reduction goals, Maison Telmont will pursue the initiatives set into motion over the past 18 months: eliminating unnecessary packaging, reducing bottle weight, discontinuing transparent bottles, avoiding all special format bottles, banning air freight and using renewable energy sources.
To achieve Climate Positive followed by Net Positive status, greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced to a strict minimum. GHGs must also be captured from the atmosphere and sustainably sequestered, mainly through the plantation of hornbeams and cover crops. By 2030, Maison Telmont will have planted 4,900 hornbeam shrubs on its estate and will encourage its winegrower partners to plant an additional 13,800. Moreover, cover crops will be used systematically across its vineyards.
By implementing all these actions, Maison Telmont, together with its partners, is determined to lead this green revolution.
“This Guide is an affirmation of our ambition, and the logical next step along the pathway we have travelled the past 18 months. It is an invitation to join us on this journey. We strongly believe in all these changes because for us, the wine will be good if the earth is healthy. Today, we want to share our experience with all those ready to embrace the same approach, and make it easier for them, in the Name of Mother Nature. It’s for the benefit of all!” Ludovic du Plessis, President of Maison Telmont.
ABOUT CHAMPAGNE TELMONT
Founded in 1912, the Telmont Champagne House is located in Damery, near Épernay, France. Created in the wake of the champagne riots by Henri Lhôpital, a brave local winegrower, the House remains familial and visionary: Bertrand Lhôpital, Cellar Master and Head of Viticulture of the Telmont House, today represents the fourth generation. Unfailing commitment to the respect of its terroir has led the House to embrace a highly demanding environmental approach. In 2017, it earned its first AB Certification (organic agriculture) for part of its vineyard the result of a labor of love and patience, proving once more the House’s vow to preserving the environment. The Rémy Cointreau group identified with the values of the House and purchased. a majority share in October 2020. The House embodies a unique style: the champagnes are ethereal yet structured, balanced between tension and freshness – a perfect harmony. Champagne Telmont enables the terroir to express itself through its wines, employing its know–how to help reveal the various facets of nature.