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Okanagan Crush Pad Switches to 100% Renewable Natural Gas

Updated: Feb 15

For Immediate Release

November 20, 2023


Okanagan Crush Pad Group of Wineries Transition to 100% Renewable Natural Gas

Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association Initiative Significantly Reduces Industry Carbon Footprint

Kelowna, B.C. - In an industry leading shift towards a more sustainable future, Summerland’s Okanagan Crush Pad Winery, parent company to Haywire and Garnet Valley Ranch Winery, has joined forces with the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) and FortisBC to transition to 100% Renewable Natural Gas (RNG). This partnership underlines an ongoing and unwavering commitment to sustainability, adding another chapter to its legacy of responsible winemaking.


Owned by Christine Coletta and Steve Lornie, Okanagan Crush Pad’s group of wineries have long been a beacon of sustainability and land stewardship. Okanagan Crush Pad has been an organic winemaking facility since 2011 and was the first Canadian winery to join International Wineries for Climate Action (IWCA) in 2022. By partnering with TOTA and FortisBC, the wineries are taking their commitment to sustainability further by integrating RNG into all aspects of their business.


“TOTA’s RNG initiative takes meaningful and measurable steps to reduce the region's carbon footprint. It enables stakeholders like Okanagan Crush Pad to make an immediate change to a more sustainable fuel source, and is a practical step towards a cleaner future for British Columbia,” says Ellen Walker-Matthews, TOTA CEO. “In the face of escalating climate crises, RNG is a vital tool that businesses and individuals can adopt today to lessen their current carbon footprints.”


By embracing RNG, Okanagan Crush Pad is putting their climate change goals into measurable action. And in this one move alone, they are drastically reducing their C02 emissions from 30,000 kilograms to 100 kilograms.


This huge reduction in CO2 emissions also contributes to the province’s commitment to the ‘CleanBC Roadmap to 2030. With results like this, the team at Okanagan Crush Pad seeks to inspire industry leadership and actively encourage the entire region to reduce their harmful emissions. “We are proud to make the switch to RNG and are especially excited to see an immediate positive impact that is very much in line with our commitment to reduce our greenhouse gas footprint,” says Craig Pingle, General Manager, Okanagan Crush Pad Winery parent company to Haywire Winery and Garnet Valley Ranch Winery. “This simple action supports our commitment to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. Making the move to RNG required no new infrastructure and yields an enormous drop in our annual emissions.”


To inspire action and raise awareness about this crucial climate action initiative, Okanagan Crush Pad is offering a two-night stay at the new Garnet Valley Ranch Winery. Learn more and enter to win.


Signing up for RNG is a straightforward process that does not require any new equipment, upgrades, or installations. Existing FortisBC customers can log in to their account, navigate to 'manage services,' and choose the percentage of natural gas to be switched to RNG (5%, 10%, 25%, 50%, or 100%).


Tourism businesses interested in learning more about the benefits of making the switch have been invited to schedule an energy audit with TOTA’s Energy Analyst, Harshit Srivastava at harshit@totabc.com


Funding provided by Natural Resources Canada

Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN) is the department of the Government of Canada responsible for natural resources, energy, minerals and metals, forests, earth sciences, mapping, and remote sensing. NRCAN is committed to improving the quality of life for Canadians by ensuring the country’s abundant natural resources are developed sustainably, competitively, and inclusively. NRCAN develops policies and programs that enhance the contribution of the natural resources sector to the economy and conducts innovative science in facilities across Canada to generate ideas and transfer technologies. Natural Resources Canada has provided TOTA with funding to spread awareness about the benefits, availability, and accessibility of Renewable Natural Gas to regional tourism stakeholders.


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About Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association

The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) is a not-for-profit society that represents a geographic area nestled in the Southern Interior of British Columbia, Canada. The region’s name is derived from two major geographic features: the Thompson River and Okanagan Lake. TOTA plays a support, leadership and growth role in the tourism industry for this region. It aims to stimulate ongoing sustainable growth by embracing the value of tourism through community engagement, innovative leadership in promoting authentic experiences, and inspiring creative collaboration. Key TOTA initiatives include: Biosphere Certified Gold Destination, 7 Generations Pledge, and Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action in Tourism.


For more information about TOTA visit TOTABC.org, or visit the consumer facing website ThompsonOkanagan.com. Connect socially on Instagram at @Thompson_Okanagan



Media Contact:

Krista Lochhead

778.227.2396



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