RENEW™ Projects

7-Eleven RENEW™ supports and invests in the following certified projects designed to offset your tailpipe emissions every time you fill up at participating 7-Eleven locations. Important projects, designed to pull carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, are located both in our communities and across the world. See below for more information.

Canadian Projects

Tree Planting – North Vancouver, British Columbia

The 7-Eleven RENEW™ program partnered with Tree Canada and hosted a tree planting at Lynnmouth Park in North Vancouver, British Columbia. The tree planting took place during National Forest Week on September 25, 2018.

Tree Planting – Lytton First Nation Property – Kamloops, BC

The Lytton First Nation-owned property was highly affected by an extreme fire 5 years ago. Tree Canada is partnering with Lytton First Nation in order to return the property’s forest cover with native trees, such as Douglas Fir, Yellow Pine, Lodge Pole Pine, and Spruce. This project will also provide habitat and hydrological benefits.

Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions from Slag-Based Recycling Operations – Contrecoeur and Sorel-Tracy, Province of Quebec, Canada

This project offsets greenhouse gas emissions by recycling slags and residues from mining and metal industries. Two products result from the recycling operations – metal and aggregates. Virgin metal is mixed with the recycled metal in manufacturing industries. The recycled aggregates are reused in the manufacturing of asphalt avoiding landfilling of aggregates. The first part of the project (Metal Project) is additional to a baseline scenario because clients would have used only virgin metal in the processing of their products. The second part of the project (Aggregates Project) is additional to a baseline scenario which is the landfill avoidance. Without this project, a huge quantity of aggregates would have been sent to the landfill and clients would have used virgin aggregates in their processes.

Global Projects

Win Park Vader Piet Project – Aruba

The purpose of the project is to utilize the wind resources of the area. It will supply zero emission energy to the grid, the project directly abates greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from thermal power plants currently using fossil fuels operated in Aruba. The annual electricity yield from wind is to supply up to 18% of the islands total average electricity demand. The electricity currently generated by the grid is extremely carbon intensive, with a combined carbon emission factor of 1.1834 tCO2/MWh. Therefore is expected to offset emissions of greenhouse gases by an estimated 195,255 CO2 per year.

Cookstove Project – Kenya

This project mitigates climate change caused by the combustion of unsustainably harvested biomass through the provision of fuel efficient stoves to families to cook with. In addition to the carbon emissions offset, the stove helps to reduce pressure on the local woodlands as well as offsets atmospheric pollutants inside stove owners’ homes. The Improved Cook Stoves have been designed in the UK and are made in Kenya, helping to support the local economy; not to mention offsetting the carbon emissions from shipping them in from overseas.

Prairie Breeze Wind Energy Center Project – Nebraska, USA

This project will bring significant economic benefits to the local community — creating jobs and bringing in tax revenue that will continue throughout the life of the project. When the third phase became operational in 2016, Prairie Breeze I, II and III started to provide more than 300 MW of energy to the MRO eGRID. The Emissions & Generation Resource Integrated Database (eGRID), published by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is a globally-recognized source of emissions data for the electric power generated in the United States, linking air emissions with electricity generation.

Wayang Windu Phase 2 Geothermal Power Project – Indonesia, West Java

The project activity is the generation of power using a reliable and renewable resource in place of power generation by a more greenhouse gas intensive fuel/source. The project offsets greenhouse gas emissions through the displacement of fossil fuel electricity generation with a clean, renewable energy source. Steam is formed from surface water that percolates through to hot spots located deep beneath the Earth’s surface, where it evaporates upon heating, thereby generating a huge amount of potential energy. The Geothermal Project utilizes this energy by installing delivery pipes to capture the steam, harnessing the hot thermal energy to spin the turbine which in turn powers up the generator, generating electricity.

Vishnuprayag, HEPP Project – India

This project is harnessing the steady waters of the Alaknanda River and generating low-cost, emissions-free electricity for the surrounding communities in Uttaranchal. Most importantly, unlike other large hydro projects, Vishnuprayag did not displace local citizens or disrupt communities. On the contrary, lives in the surrounding community have changed dramatically for the better – social programs are alleviating poverty, protecting the environment, building schools, roads, housing, and building health centers.

Dağpazarı Wind Power Project – Turkey

Dağpazarı Wind Power Plant (WPP) is an onshore wind power project with 39 MW installed capacity which is located in Turkish Province of Mersin, southern Anatolia. The project contributes to the development of the Turkish wind energy sector which will become essential in meeting growing energy demand in Turkey and reducing fossil fuel imports. Making a strong contribution to the sustainable development of the surrounding communities, Dağpazarı Wind Power Plant focuses on enhancing the quality of local people’s life.

Kocaeli Landfill, GS Project – Turkey

This project activity involves, preparing the landfill area for collection of LFG, recovery of LFG gas and utilization of the recovered LFG through gas engines to generate electricity. The municipal waste is deposited and left for decay at the landfill site, leading to generate and release of large amounts of landfill gas. A network of vertical LFG extraction wells and/or horizontal LFG collection trenches were installed into the waste to collect the LFG. Landfill gas is one of the largest sources of methane emissions to the atmosphere and typically contains 50% of methane, a potent greenhouse gas.

Kocaeli Landfill, GS Project – Turkey

This project activity involves, preparing the landfill area for collection of LFG, recovery of LFG gas and utilization of the recovered LFG through gas engines to generate electricity. The municipal waste is deposited and left for decay at the landfill site, leading to generate and release of large amounts of landfill gas. A network of vertical LFG extraction wells and/or horizontal LFG collection trenches were installed into the waste to collect the LFG. Landfill gas is one of the largest sources of methane emissions to the atmosphere and typically contains 50{f41d13af4292520ca7adf85195e28f19fb7620c52e82e0bb7bdf37a7baf9b6cf} of methane, a potent greenhouse gas.

Ningxia Angli Lingwu, Photovoltaic Solar – China

The project will generate electricity by using renewable solar photovoltaic (PV) power to the NWPG and replacing equivalent electricity generated by fossil fuel fired power plants connected to the NWPG. The installed capacity of the Project is 39 MWp (15,792 pieces of solar modules with 190W of unit capacity, 150,264 pieces of solar modules with 235W of unit capacity and 4,280 pieces of solar modules with 240W of unit capacity), and therefore reducing Greenhouse Gas emissions. The expected annual grid-in electricity is 54,000 MWh which contributes to the reduction of GHG emission by replacing parts of the electricity supply by NWPG, and the PLF of the Project is 15.67%. The Project will achieve greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions by displacing equivalent electricity supplied by NWPG, which is predominated by fossil fuel-fired power plants. The estimated annual emission reductions are 48,402 CO2.

Henan Xinxiang 24MW Biomass Project – China

The Henan Xinxiang 24MW Biomass based Cogeneration Project is located in Huixian County of Xinxiang City, Henan Province, China, and was implemented by Xinxiang Tianjie Bio-Power Generation Co., Ltd. The project consists of the installation of two 12MW cogeneration plants based on biomass residues; the generation of electricity with 126,709 MWh/yr supplied into Central China Power Grid; the generation of heat with 909,200GJ/yr; and the utilization of biomass residues for cogeneration of power and heat. The project does not claim the emission reductions due to the displacement of heat, therefore, this project will achieve GHG emissions reduction by displacing the equivalent electricity generated by CCPG with biomass residues fired cogeneration plant which has a lower CO2 emission. In addition, CH4 emissions will be offset by avoiding dumping of biomass residues. As a result, the project is estimated to achieve 123,858 tCO2e emission reductions annually.

German Coal Mine Methane Project – Germany

Despite being one of the world’s largest markets for renewable energy, Germany has an extensive history of coal extraction. Nowadays, the vast majority of coal mines are closed, but the mining has left visible legacies like ruined industrial sites and slag heaps. Another remnant of Germany’s coal mining past is invisible: coal mine methane, which can build-up inside the mining shafts for decades after their closure. This project effectively offsets greenhouse gas emissions and thereby contributes to the mitigation of climate change. In addition, the build-up and pooling of methane within mines is prevented and the risk of explosions removed.