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Olympic Cauldron lit with Renewable Natural Gas

by Diana Sorace
March 6, 2018

Natural gas, Renewable Natural Gas

On February 8, FortisBC sponsored the lighting of the iconic Olympic Cauldron with 100 per cent Renewable Natural Gas (RNG). The Olympic Cauldron is situated at Jack Poole Plaza in downtown Vancouver.

RNG is a carbon neutral energy source made in B.C. from organic farm and landfill waste.

PavCo, the crown corporation managing the publicly owned tourism and cultural facilities in B.C., lit the cauldron to honour the host city of Pyeongchang and all of the athletes representing Canada at the XXIII Olympic Winter Games and the XII Paralympic Winter Games.

“FortisBC is proud to light the Olympic Cauldron with Renewable Natural Gas," said Jason Wolfe, director of Energy Solutions at FortisBC. "RNG is carbon neutral and is available for use in homes and businesses. Our RNG program currently has over 9,000 voluntary customers and has reduced greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to taking 7,600 cars off the road."

The FortisBC Street Team was also present, giving away RNG-branded compostable compost buckets to those attending the ceremony.

“A lot of people were asking how we powered the cauldron,” said Sarah Herb, Administrative Assistant and member of the Street Team. “One lady came over and thanked us for doing it; she said it was really special.”

The Olympic Cauldron will light up again to mark the closing of the Winter Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea on March 17 at 5:00 p.m. and is a free event for the public to attend.