Frequently Asked Questions

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.

What exactly are the projects you support?

In order to offset the emissions that you create, it’s necessary to quantify or measure your carbon footprint. The Replenish 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, quanti?ed, veri?ed by independent third parties, and registered on the APX registry or similar. This ensures that the carbon offset that you support through the Replenish program is retired on your behalf, not being double counted by other offsetters.

What projects qualify as an offset and 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 Replenish program will attempt to localize our efforts as much as possible to where the fuel was purchased – in addition to planting trees locally with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and The Arbor Day Foundation.

How much does the Replenish program support 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 store. We then go the extra step and plant trees locally with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and The Arbor Day Foundation.

Biomass
Hydro Power
Reforestation
Landfill Gas
Wind Power
Afforestation

Projects

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