Moët Hennessy celebrates the success of Solar Impulse
Abu Dhabi, July 26, 2016 — More than a year after the beginning of the round the world tour, Solar Impulse returned to Abu Dhabi achieving the impossible.
As an Official Partner of Solar Impulse and Host Partner of the Mission Control Center in Monaco, Moët Hennessy accompanied Solar Impulse at every moment of its round-the-world tour.
After a 48-hour journey from Cairo in the single-passenger cockpit, Solar Impulse Pilot, Initiator and Chairman Bertrand Piccard was welcomed by André Borschberg, Solar Impulse Pilot, CEO and Co-Founder in Abu Dhabi. Thirteen years after their initial vision of travelling around the world powered only by the sun, their dream became a reality.
Christophe Navarre, Chairman and CEO of Moët Hennessy, witnessed the arrival from the Mission Control Center in Monaco. In speaking with André Borschberg by telephone just after Bertrand’s arrival, he stated “Congratulations! You did it! This was a long journey and an important step for humanity. We are proud and we are humbled to be your partner.” He was joined by Serge Telle, French Minister of State of Monaco, and Raymond Clerc, Mission Director of Solar Impulse, to offer a Moët & Chandon toast to the entire team in recognition of their incredible work and the shared values of Solar Impulse and Moët Hennessy: a pioneering spirit and attention to the earth.
Solar Impulse and Moët Hennessy seek to raise awareness of the vast potential of clean technologies. Together they celebrate a leap towards a better world.
Moët Hennessy Chairman and CEO Christophe Navarre explains: "Like the visionaries behind Solar Impulse, André Borschberg, and Bertrand Piccard, we see not only a duty but also opportunities for improvement through protecting the environment. We rely on nature to create our luxury wines and spirits and promise to nurture her and leave her in a better place for the next generation. Our environmental policy sets high standards, with even higher ambitions.”
All Moët Hennessy wines and spirits are fruits of the earth. Their excellence results from the quality of the soil, the attention to the land and the craftsmanship of the men and women who create them. Moët Hennessy embraces a proactive environmental policy to preserve this heritage based on seven key pillars: sustainable agriculture, energy, water and effluents, waste and recycling, ecological design, a green supply chain and choosing responsible providers.
Each of the 22 brands within the Moët Hennessy portfolio embraces this policy. All the vineyards of all Moët Hennessy’s Champagne Maisons – Moët & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot, Dom Pérignon, Ruinart, Krug and Mercier – achieved the double certification of “Sustainable Vineyards” and “High Environmental Value” in 2014. Hennessy Cognac was the first company in the wine and spirits sector worldwide to receive certification in 1998 for its Environmental Management System, which has been subsequently renewed every three years. Moet Hennessy estates promote biodiversity, the protection of local habitats and water conservation around the world.
In addition to being an innovator in sustainable development, Moët Hennessy is defined by breaking boundaries, both geographic and human. From the beginning, each brand sought to attain higher levels of excellence and share their products with new consumers across the world. The first shipments of Veuve Clicquot to Russia were in 1780. The first shipments of Hennessy to the United States were in in 1794. Moët Hennessy was the first French company to begin planting vineyards in distant lands – from the sparkling Chandon in Mendoza, Argentina in 1959 to the most recent launch of red wine Ao Yun in Shangri-La, China this year.
Today, Moët Hennessy exports 95% of its production and is the world's leading producer and exporter of luxury wines and spirits.
About Solar Impulse
Solar Impulse is the only airplane with almost unlimited endurance capable of flying day and night without fuel and without emissions. Solar Impulse set 8 world records during the first half of its round-the-world tour in 2015. Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, the two Co-Founders and Co-Pilots, flew a total of 19,957 km across 7 countries in 255 hours. The adventure picked up in April 2016 when Solar Impulse left Hawaii to cross the United States and the Atlantic Ocean before stops in Spain, Egypt and finally Abu Dhabi. Throughout the voyage, Solar Impulse demonstrated that a pioneering spirit, innovation and clean technologies offer opportunities for a better world.
About Moët Hennessy
Moët Hennessy is the wine and spirits division of LVMH, the world’s leading luxury products group. Moët Hennessy, the largest luxury wine and spirits company in the world, encompasses 22 prestigious brands internationally renowned for the richness of their land, the quality of their products and the expertise with which they are crafted:
Hennessy, Moët & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot, Dom Pérignon, Ruinart, Krug, Mercier, Belvedere, Glenmorangie, Ardbeg, Chandon, Newton, Cheval des Andes, Terrazas de los Andes, Cloudy Bay, Cape Mentelle, Numanthia, Ao Yun, Wenjun, Château Cheval Blanc, Château d'Yquem and Clos des Lambrays.
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