RENEW™ Projects

7-Eleven RENEW™ supports and invests in the following certified projects designed to reduce your tailpipe emissions every time you fill up at participating 7-Eleven location. These important projects, designed to pull carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, are both located in our communities and across the world.

Local Projects

East Duwamish Green Belt, Seattle, WA – Green Seattle Partnership

The 7-Eleven RENEW ‘Green Team’ joined forces with the Green Seattle Partnership to restore the East Duwamish Trail in the Southern region of Seattle on May 19, 2018. Volunteers pulled out ivy and other weeds, planted new native plants, and spread mulch to create a walkable trail for the Seattle community! Great things happen when sustainable collaborations occur!

Silver Spring Neighborhood Center, Milwaukee, WI – Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful

The 7-Eleven RENEW ‘Green Team’ volunteers along with Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful worked hard to restore the Silver Spring Neighborhood Center’s attached greenhouse on March 10, 2018. Together, all volunteers cleaned and refurbished the center’s greenhouse for the community to enjoy and use as a sustainable resource!

Hoyt Arboretum Cleanup, Portland, OR – Hoyt Arboretum and Friends

7-Eleven RENEW tackled some greenscape cleanup around the Hoyt Arboretum on October 28, 2017. The Arboretum has been a place of beauty in the Portland area. We were happy to give back and to contribute to some cleanup!

Everett, WA, Green Everett Day

Volunteers from 7-Eleven helped to plant over 800 trees and shrubs as part of Green Everett Day on October 26, 2017. The trees were planted in Forest Park, Everett’s oldest public park. 7-Eleven RENEW took part in this project to help plant, weed and spread mulch to restore the forest to a healthy state.

Bayfield County, WA – Arbor Day Foundation Project

Through the RENEW program and partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation, 7-Eleven will plant 60,000 trees in Basin County.

Central Cascades, WA – Arbor Day Foundation Project

Through the RENEW program and partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation, 7-Eleven will plant 10,000 trees in Central Cascades.

Willamette Basin, OR – Arbor Day Foundation Project

Through the RENEW program and partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation, 7-Eleven will plant 10,000 trees in the Willamette Basin.

Cascades Central State Forest, WA – Arbor Day Foundation

Through the RENEW program and partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation, 7-Eleven will plant 20,000 trees in the Cascades State Forest.

Regional, National, and 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 reduce 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 reduction in carbon emissions the stove help to reduce pressure on the local woodlands as well as reduces 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 reducing 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 reduces 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.

KMSPL, VCS Wind Power Project – India

This project will meet the power requirements of small and medium scale industries using the electricity generated from the Wind Turbines and thus reduce GHG emission and promote sustainable development. The project will help in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by using alternative renewable energy resource for generating power. This would otherwise have been generated using nonrenewable sources that are carbon intensive commonly found in the grid. This is a green field project aimed at utilizing wind energy to produce power.

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.

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 reduced 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 reduces 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.