During harvesting and vinification in the Champagne region, water treatment plants in some towns do not have sufficient capacity to successfully treat the large quantities of effluents from the presses and tanks. When discharged directly into the environment, these organic elements use up the oxygen necessary for aquatic flora and fauna as they decompose, thus disturbing the ecosystems of some rivers.
As responsible citizens, in cooperation with the local communities and water agencies, the companies of the LVMH group have mobilized their development teams and initiated a huge prevention program.
Protecting soil integrity
Each production site is a space to be maintained and protected. LVMH group pays very close attention to clean soils, even though its activity poses little or no threat to the soil. In addition, our long history and our corporate memory are effective allies. Indeed, there is practically no pollution risk from earlier industrial sites, as most of the companies of the group have been working on the same site for many years, sometimes even for centuries. Well before the emergence of industrial ecology, they were already integrated in their environment. New production sites located on old farmlands land pose few risks. As a precaution, LVMH group has prepared a "Guide to an environmental audit before the purchase or sale of a site" for its companies, as each company is responsible for the land that it acquires.
Preventing risks by monitoring wastes
Anticipate, prevent, and simulate. Because it is everyone's duty to take precautions, LVMH group has made crisis management an essential element of its environmental policy. In strict compliance with national regulations governing manufacturing, all the companies concerned have implemented a program to monitor wastes. Their laboratories conduct periodic analyses adapted to the type of activity and the results are transmitted to the local authorities when necessary. Moreover, all the establishments train their employees in environmental protection procedures through simulated alarm exercises.
Retaining to prevent
On the production sites, the principal risk is a leak of liquids which, in concentrated form, could pollute the town's main water supply. To prevent this, systems are installed to retain the effluents in the event of an accident before they are discharged into the public water supply system. The Guerlain site in Orphin en Yvelines has been equipped since it was built with a retention basin equipped with a valve, through which all waste water is carried.
The main fermenting facility of Moët & Chandon has been placed under containment, to prevent waste water from being discharged directly into the public networks in the event of an accidental spill or leak. At Parfums Givenchy, at the production site in Beauvais, the unloading area has been placed under containment and an oil-separator tank has been set up for the parking lot.