This certification is based on environmental performance indicators that cover the entire farm. The certification permits to certify that biodiversity (hedges, grass, trees, flowers, insects, etc.) is widely present on the farm and that the pressure of agricultural practices on the environment (air, climate, water, soil, biodiversity, landscapes, phytosanitary products, fertilization) is reduced to a minimum.
This environmental certification is designed according to three levels of environmental progress and level 3, or High Environmental Value, is based on performance obligations measured by environmental performance indicators.
This certification is a voluntary process, accessible to all sectors. Indeed, beyond the wine industry, a pioneer in this area, the arboriculture, market gardening, horticulture and field crops sectors have continued their commitment to the system.
The number of farms certified as High Environmental Value has increased significantly since its launch in 2011. In July 1st, 2020: 8,218 farms were HVE certified. This rise illustrates the commitment of a growing number of farmers, all sectors combined, to the ecological transition.