Well-treated water

At the Guerlain site in Chartres, a wastetreatment station was built and started up in 2003: it provides a pollution clearance rate higher than 90%. Château d'Yquem set up a new system to treat its wine-production effluents and waste water.

A selective transport policy

For transporting goods, a ship produces 80 times less CO2 than a plane. Continuing a long tradition, Hennessy prefers to carry all its cognac outside Europe by ship. In 2000, 87% of the Hennessy and Hine cognac shipments worldwide (34 million bottles), were made by ship.

Optimised energy consumption: the Parfums Christian Dior case

Reducing energy consumption per ton of product manufactured enables to combine economic benefits and lesser effects on the environment: Parfuyms Christian Dior energy consumption thus dropped from 14.2 MWh in 1999 to 8.6 MWh in 2003 per ton of product manufactured.

Frustrated love

To battle the grape moth, the vine's caterpillar enemy, grape producers use the method explicitly known as "sexual confusion" by placing capsules on the vines that saturate the air with female pheromone. The disoriented male can't find the female to mate. This method of saving the crops coversed 63% of the Veuve Clicquot vineyard in 2003.

Selective sorting at the source

Since 1992, Parfums Christian Dior has been practicing selective sorting at the source for all its wastes at its Saint Jean de Braye site. Non-hazardous industrial waste materials (paper, cardboard, plastic, etc.) are sorted by type in identified containers and are removed to recycling plants. Hazardous industrial waste (toxic waste from labs, car and small batteries, etc.) are handed over, pursuant to regulations, to specialists who reprocess or recycle the materials. In 2003 the company designed and distributed a pamphlet to train all employees in selective sorting at its site in Saint Jean de Braye.

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