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Case study

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards

Total GHG Inventory

  • 2009: 138 tonnes CO2e
  • 2010: 139 tonnes CO2e
  • 2011: 102 tonnes CO2e

GHG Reduction Highlights

  • Lighter wine bottles
  • Virtual wine tastings
  • Drip-irrigation system

Projected Annual Savings

  • Eliminated bottle deliveries and tractor runs: $30,500 and 9.5 tonnes CO2e

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards, based in Oliver, BC, has 20 employees and annual greenhouse gas emissions of 102 tonnes CO2e. The company recognized that one of their biggest sources of emissions was the importing of empty wine bottles from Washington and California. By using a lighter wine bottle made with slightly thinner glass, each delivery truck can carry more bottles, and Tinhorn Creek could eliminate an entire shipment per year. Concerned about possible increases in breakage, they embarked on a test period with the new Tricorbraun ECO Bottles, which are 42 percent lighter than regular wine bottles. The test revealed no increase in breakage at all, and Tinhorn now uses the lighter bottles exclusively. The switch will cut transportation and production costs, saving 67,500 pounds in raw material and approximately 4 tonnes CO2e annually. It will also save the company $28,000 each year.

Over the next 4 years, Tinhorn Creek will be improving their irrigation system. Switching from their current overhead-spray to a drip-irrigation system allows them to combine water and fertilizer together in the same stream. This gives them the ability to increase yield and significantly decrease water usage by targeting irrigation and fertilizer to those vines that most need it.

Drip irrigation also eliminates the need for tractors to disperse fertilizer. Once this project is completed, annual diesel consumption will be reduced by an estimated 25%, equivalent to eliminating 5.5 tonnes of carbon. Tinhorn Creek will also save $2,500 annually. This does not include additional ongoing savings from reduced cost of equipment replacement, machinery maintenance, and labour.

Go to Tinhorn Creek’s website for more details.

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