Propel Fuels Allows Drivers to Offset Emissions at Pump

Published in CSP Daily News

In two-month pilot, customers have opted to participate more than 1,000 times

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.-- Propel Fuels, a retailer of renewable fuels, recently become the first company to enable consumers to offset their driving emissions at the pump any time they fill their tank. Propel's flagship Clean Mobility Center in Fullerton, Calif. offers customers the option to offset their carbon emissions by funding clean air projects through the Carbonfund.org Foundation.

Since Propel launched CarbonOffset in May, customers have chosen to contribute $1 per fill to fully offset the emissions from their purchase more than 1,000 times, the company said. The two-month pilot has offset more than 160,000 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) at this single station, which is equivalent to taking 84 cars off the road in the same two-month time period.

"It's encouraging that, even during a period of high fuel prices, consumers are choosing to pay a little extra to offset their emissions, one tankful at a time, to help make progress toward our nation's clean energy goals," said Matt Horton, CEO of Propel. "By making carbon offsets convenient and cost effective, we're helping consumers take part in the clean energy movement, even if their vehicles don't run on renewable fuels."

Drivers and fleets can also track and report CO2 emission reductions as a result of their participation in the CarbonOffset program through Propel's proprietary CleanDrive program. Logging in at each fill up, CleanDrive members receive personalized emissions reports showing their reductions in CO2 emissions, barrels of oildisplaced and equivalent annual impact of mature trees.

Propel's partner, the Carbonfund.org Foundation, uses the carbon offset contributions to fund projects focusing on renewable energy, methane capture, energy efficiency, reforestation and other carbon emissions reduction strategies.

Current offset contributions from Propel's customers are helping to fund the Truck Stop Electrification Project, a project supported by Carbonfund.org, which provides truck drivers in California and other states the opportunity to access heating, cooling, internet, TV and other amenities by plugging into electricity rather than idling their diesel engines during rest periods. On top of reducing truck idling CO2 emissions by 90%, the Truck Stop Electrification Project improves air quality around truck stops and surrounding communities, offering drivers, employees and residents a cleaner and quieter environment with fewer harmful air pollutants.

Carbonfund.org's Quality Assurance Protocol ensures that every project meets or exceeds international certification standards before it qualifies to be a part of the Carbonfund.org project portfolio.

If Propel's CarbonOffset program continues at its current rate of participation, the program has the potential to offset more than five million pounds of CO2 over the next five years at this station alone. Given the early success of CarbonOffset, Propel plans to expand the CarbonOffset offering to more locations as additional Clean Mobility Centers open across California in the coming years, it said.

Propel operates a network of Clean Fuel Points (CFP), green-built, self-serve filling stations co-located at existing gas stations, and Clean Mobility Centers (CMC), which introduce renewable fuels (Flex Fuel E85, biodiesel blends) alongside the conventional gasoline that drivers use today. Along with the CarbonOffset option, Propel's CMCs help drivers improve their vehicle's fuel economy through free air for their tires, find rideshare opportunities, tune bicycles, and recycle on the go.

Based in Redwood City, Calif., Propel Fuels builds, owns and operates a network of green-built filling stations providing convenient access to American, low-carbon fuels and clean mobility solutions. The company offers consumers and fleets new fuel choices that make progress towards reducing carbon emissions, creating jobs and lowering America's dependence on foreign oil. Propel has also developed CleanDrive, the nation's first integrated carbon emission reduction tracking platform. Propel operates a growing network of locations providing cleaner mobility options in California and Washington.