Restore Program FAQs
The Stop & Shop Restore program offsets carbon dioxide tailpipe emissions from anyone purchasing fuel at a Stop & Shop fuel location. Through a partnership with PDI Technologies, carbon dioxide emissions are calculated for each gallon of fuel purchased. PDI then invests proportionally in certified carbon offset projects to capture or reduce carbon dioxide equivalent emissions. PDI works with a Big 4 accounting firm annually to validate and attest to the entire process from carbon calculation to carbon credit retirement. 100% of Stop & Shop Restore’s carbon offset commitments are met through investments in certified carbon offset projects.
In addition, the Stop & Shop Restore program has gone above and beyond the carbon offsets with a commitment to plant 100,000 trees through a partnership with Arbor Day Foundation. These trees provide an additional environmental benefit, but are not included in the carbon offset commitment. The Restore program also supports local non-profit organizations such as Keep Massachusetts Beautiful and the Rhode Island Tree Council by conducting and hosting tree plantings, neighborhood cleanups, and other local projects to support the local community. These local initiatives and projects are never part of our carbon offsetting.
Your carbon dioxide tailpipe emissions are reduced by up to 30% depending on the grade. Every gallon helps make a positive impact on the environment!
Using fuel volume data from Stop & Shop, PDI Sustainability Solutions calculates the carbon dioxide emissions using factors (i.e. pounds of CO2 per gallon of petroleum burned) from the EIA, EPA, and other reputable institutions. As part of an annual attestation process, a Big 4 accounting firm confirms PDI's data sources and calculations are accurate.
No, it’s the same fuel you usually buy. No new pumps, hardware, or additives.
No. Our program is turnkey and simple. All you have to do is pump fuel as you normally would.
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Carbon Offsets and Projects FAQs
A certified carbon offset is a certificate representing the reduction, destruction or capture of one metric ton of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Certified carbon offsets are produced by certified carbon reduction projects. These projects must follow strict guidelines established by internationally recognized standards in order to generate certified carbon offsets.
Carbon offsets are purchased to negate a CO2 equivalent emission. Offsets are certified and exchanged, much like stocks, via one of the officially recognized carbon registries such as Gold Standard, Climate Action Reserve and Verified Carbon Standard.
Carbon offsets reduce the overall effect of greenhouse gas emissions. Purchasing carbon offsets is a direct way to support existing carbon reduction projects and encourage ongoing innovation.
A certified carbon reduction project is a project specifically designed to reduce, capture or destroy greenhouse gases that would otherwise be emitted into the atmosphere. An example is a methane gas capture project at a landfill.
Several international environmental organizations define and maintain standards for the carbon offset industry. Carbon registries track the purchase and retirement of carbon offsets, ensuring financial investments and carbon reduction results can be found on public records.