To ensure the sustainability of its activities, men and women working for Rémy Cointreau adapt to the climatic conditions and water resources of the territories in which they develop exceptional products. Time, for them, creates a sense of wonder and brings a taste of pride. It requires the highest standards in measuring and reducing the environmental impact of its activities and contributes to raise awareness on the importance of transmission.
Since 2015, Rémy Cointreau has been fighting global warming by implementing various actions following the signing of the Paris climate agreement (COP21).
Recalling the need for a change of direction seemed necessary to truly commit to a drastic reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and to take action in the face of the climate emergency. Alongside 88 French companies, and in connection with the One Planet Summit launched by the French government, Rémy Cointreau made a point of recalling how vital climate action is for global agriculture and for the terroirs from which the Group’s brands draw their identity. Since then, Rémy Cointreau has considerably rethought its CSR policy with regard to the fight against global warming by reducing CO2 emissions on the transport of finished products and to ensure that it coincides with the objectives set by this global agreement limiting global warming to less than 2°C. All partners and suppliers are committed to this dynamic.
Since 2006, Rémy Cointreau has been measuring its carbon emissions using the Bilan Carbone® reference standard. For the first time this year, the GHG Protocol is being used as a reference, in order to align responses with international surveys such as the Climate Change from the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). This year, Scope 3 of the Bilan Carbone® will be extended to all of Rémy Cointreau’s production activities. Similarly to last year, it includes the production activities of the Cognac, Angers and Barbados sites, and the upstream and downstream impacts of global product transport.
For the first time, it includes the activities of the Islay, Westland and Hautes Glaces Domaine production sites and the transport of products in Australia.
The Group’s carbon footprint is evolving to form part of a particularly ambitious approach that aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.
Studies conducted at the sites to assess the potential for integrating green energy into production processes have led to the signing of contracts for the purchase of renewable energy. Since 2016, all of the electricity consumed by the group’s French sites (excluding the Hautes Glaces Domaine) has come from renewable sources (energy from hydroelectric production). With regard to the Domaine des Hautes Glaces, 94% of the total energy consumption is of renewable origin (wood-fired stills).
In 2019, a first site started producing photovoltaic energy. The Barbados site has installed solar panels, which in the coming weeks will cover 25% of the packaging site’s total electricity consumption.
In 2020, the preparation of the CSR 2024 plan will include the creation of a Scope 3 CO2 emissions reduction plan as of next year in connection with the global SBT (Science Based Targets) initiative.
Rémy Cointreau’s aim is to set this CSR 2024 plan on a less than 2°C trajectory by defining quantified objectives to reduce carbon emissions and thus be a player in the global challenge to limit global warming.
Rémy Cointreau’s ambition is to remain the leader of an economically competitive agriculture, while maintaining its uncompromising commitment to the quality of its products and protecting the environment. Within this framework, Rémy Cointreau has a duty to participate in the protection of the terroirs and natural resources that are the foundation of its products’ quality.
Among these natural resources, water is a major concern for the Group, particularly in terms of its availability for distillation activities at the Barbados, Islay, Rémy Martin Domaines and the Hautes Glaces Domaine sites, and its quality for the development of the Group’s products.
The same applies to the effluents it discharges. Rémy Cointreau is involved in the preservation of terroirs and the preservation of their biodiversity. It is therefore essential to limit effluents and ensure their treatment before they are discharged in nature.
For the past 4 years, Rémy Cointreau has been responding to CDP Water’s reporting requests. In line with this reporting, the Group is improving its objectives for the protection of water resources. The first and ongoing steps have been taken to ensure the reliability of consumption measures at all production sites. The objective was achieved this year and from next year, emphasis will be placed on validating water consumption reduction and optimisation targets as part of the CSR 2024 plan.
Particular attention is paid to the treatment of production site liquid effluents. Most of this liquid effluent consists of distillation vinasse. For several years now, the volume of effluents has been monitored and BOD/COD analyses are routinely carried out before and after treatment, before discharge into nature.
Effluent recovery programs are implemented. For example, near Cognac, Rémy Martin has inaugurated a new distillery in Juillac-le-Coq that operates in a closed circuit and limits the discharge of effluents. The vinasses recovered from the distillation of eaux-de-vie are collected and sent to the regional REVICO unit, which converts them into biogas. This green energy is then used to supply energy to various installations (REVICO distillation columns, greenhouses in the town of Cognac).