The Carbon Neutral Challenge Initiative is intended to provide tools to enable wineries and vineyards to reach the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and then incorporating carbon offsets to reach the goal of carbon neutrality. The first step is to calculate the greenhouse gas (carbon/CO2) footprint for the winery and/or vineyard operation using a tool based on The Climate Registry's requirements. Once the operation's
carbon footprint is established, it is easier to identify the source of the major emissions and develop a plan to reduce these emissions.
The second step is to implement a plan to reduce carbon emissions in the winery operations by making cost-effective
investments and operational changes. One step that some wineries have already taken is installing solar panels on site. Other forms of renewable energy are wind, geothermal and hydro electric generating projects. Conversion to ethanol (E85)
or to biodiesel (B99 or B50) fuel can also reduce emissions.
All Participating wineries and vineyards are expected to take steps to reduce their carbon footprint via a combination of energy efficiency investments and on site generation of renewable energy.
Here is a list of all the wineries that completed the carbon neutral program for 2009:
- Adelsheim Vineyard
- A to Z Wineworks/Rex Hill
- Cooper Mountain Vineyards
- King Estate Winery
- Left Coast Cellars
- Lemelson Vineyards
- Mahonia Vineyards
- Sokol Blosser Winery
- Soter Vineyards
- Stoller Vineyards
- Willamette Valley Vineyards
- Winderlea Wine Company
By completing the first year of the initiative, these wine industry leaders are demonstrating the important role businesses play in reducing Carbon emissions and providing leadership within the wine industry and beyond.