WHAT IS CLIMATE CHANGE?
Climate change refers to a change in the “average weather” of an area caused by the unnatural warming of the globe. Average weather changes include all of the features that we typically associate with weather; temperature, wind patterns and precipitation. Climate change is caused by the emission of greenhouse gases as a result of anthropogenic (human) activities and can affect land, sea or air. The natural warming and cooling cycles on planet earth have been occurring for millennia. However, anthropogenic (human) sources of greenhouse gases contribute to the instability of the atmosphere causing weather patterns to be disrupted. This trend enhances the atmosphere's ability to trap heat. In fact, the atmosphere contains 32% more carbon dioxide than it did in the mid 1800’s.
HOW DOES CLIMATE CHANGE DIFFER FROM GLOBAL WARMING?
This question is up for debate among both politicians and scientists. There is strong evidence that supports the idea that human industry has contributed significantly to the creation of emissions. There are 6 Greenhouse Gases (GHG’s) that have been identified by the Kyoto Protocol, each of which have a carbon equivalent, or CO2e. These GHG’s are internationally recognized as the primary contributors of human induced climate change.
WHAT ARE GREENHOUSE GASES AND WHERE DO THEY COME FROM?
Greenhouse gases (GHG’s) were so named because they have the same effect on the earth that glass on the outside of a greenhouse has on its interior. GHGs allow the sun’s rays to pass through but trap in heat that sustains life on our planet. This process is known as the “greenhouse effect”. Without these gases – primarily water vapour, carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide -- the earth would be too cold for most creatures to survive. Greenhouse gases (GHGs) exist within the atmosphere both naturally and as a result of anthropogenic (human) processes. The primary, man-made GHGs include: Carbon dioxide, Methane Nitrous oxide, Sulphur hexafluoride, Hydrofluorocarbons, Perfluorocarbons, and more.
HOW DOES CARBON OFFSETTING WORK?
In order to offset the emissions that you create, it’s necessary to quantify or measure your carbon footprint. The STRIVE® portfolio of certified carbon offsets are sourced from projects that support entities in reducing their greenhouse gas emissions. All credits from the STRIVE® portfolio are additional, quantiﬁed, veriﬁed by independent third parties, and registered on the APX registry or similar. This ensures that the carbon offset that you purchase is retired on your behalf, not being double counted by other offsetters.
WHAT PROJECTS QUALIFY AS AN OFFSET PROJECT? DOES LOCATION MATTER?
There are many different types of projects that qualify as an offset project. Potential offset projects include, but are not limited to, the following: acid gas injection, energy efficiency, recycling, aerobic composting, fuel switching, reduced deforestation, anaerobic wastewater treatment, hydroelectricity, reduced till agriculture, biomass production and usage, industrial recycling project, reforestation, afforestation, biomass energy, landfill gas capture and flare, waste diversion, cogeneration, methane venting reduction, wind energy, nitrous oxide abatement from nitric acid production, zero till cropping, and many more. The location of an offset project does not matter in regards to CO2e reduction or removal but the STRIVE® program will attempt to localize our efforts as much as possible to where the fuel was purchased - in addition to planting trees locally with Tree New Mexico,Keep Albuquerque Beautiful,Keep Lubbock Beautiful,Keep Midland Beautiful,Keep Odessa Beautiful,The Arbor Day Foundation, and many more.
HOW MUCH IS DONATED PER GALLON OF GASOLINE?
We go above and beyond by neutralizing up to 30% of a consumer's tailpipe emissions when they purchase gasoline at a participating station. We then go the extra step and donate a portion of the proceeds to Tree New Mexico,Keep Albuquerque Beautiful,Keep Lubbock Beautiful,Keep Midland Beautiful,Keep Odessa Beautiful, The Arbor Day Foundation, and many more.
HOW DO I BUY STRIVE® AT ALON?
Please check out our participating stations at "Our Stations" page located in the upper navigation.