Environmental protection forms an integral part of all our processes, from resource management and transport through to waste recovery.
We encourage cultivation practices that respect natural ecosystems and support growers by providing sustainable solutions.
Soufflet is continually adapting its products and services, which it develops with the aim of enabling farmers, winegrowers and winemakers to balance respect for the environment with high yields and soil protection with increased soil fertility.
From biocontrol methods to field monitoring and from winter cover crops to new decision support tools, winegrowers, winemakers and farmers are offered a range of techniques to support them in moving towards more sustainable practices.
To help local authorities meet regulatory requirements in the area of green space management, Soufflet Vigne has also published a “Zéro Phyto” catalogue.
Promoting soil preservation
Soil fertility and quality are key factors of agricultural production. To this end, Soufflet develops inputs adapted to sustainable agriculture and promotes crop diversification as part of its sustainable value chains.
To combat soil degradation and the loss of soil fertility in certain regions of Europe, conservation techniques are also promoted as part of the “SoilTeQ” programme. Combined with an online information and experience sharing platform, this approach is based on a farming method that is both simpler and more technical in agronomic terms.
The conservation of water resources and the reduction of energy consumption are two major concerns for the Group. Process management and the use of more energy-efficient technologies, particularly in the Malt Production sector, have yielded significant results in recent years.
As part of our commitment to improving their energy efficiency, all of our industrial Divisions have obtained or are in the process of obtaining ISO 50001 (energy management) certification and new projects are being implemented to reduce their carbon footprint by 2020.
Reducing transport emissions
Transport management is also a major focus of attention. Wherever possible, the Group implements logistical solutions designed to reduce its carbon footprint and fuel consumption.
Through its presence both on rivers and at railway sidings and in ports, it is able to use inland water and rail transport, and ensures the preservation of so-called “capillary” freight lines serving the primary elevators, as well as the renovation and extension of waterways.
Lastly, waste recovery is a vital aspect of the Group's environmental policy. From waste collection to recycling, the continual improvement of waste treatment is promoted across all business lines, notably through circular economy solutions such as cogeneration.