What is Climate Change?
"The natural warming and cooling cycles on planet earth have been occurring for millennia. How- ever, climate change that is caused by the higher emissions of greenhouse gases, can affect land, sea or air. 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. Infact, the atmosphere contains 32% more carbon dioxide than it did in the mid 1800’s."
How does Climate Change differ from Global Warming?
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 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 GIANT FOOD STORES Reduced Emissions portfolio of certified carbon offsets are sourced from projects that support entities in reducing their greenhouse gas emissions. All credits from the GIANT FOOD STORES Reduced Emissions portfolio are additional, quantified, verifed by independent third parties, and registered on the APX registry or similar. This ensures that the carbon offset that you support through the GIANT FOOD STORES Reduced Emissions 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 GIANT FOOD STORES Reduced Emissions Program will attempt to localize our efforts as much as possible to where the fuel was purchased – in addition to planting trees locally.
How much does the GIANT FOOD STORES Reduced Emissions Program 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 non-porift organizations in the local community and The Arbor Day Foundation.