As we were happy with the result of this project and felt the urge to continue improving ourselves on this matter, it was time to change our method of relatively amateuristic guesstimation to a more substantiated expert one. That’s how Climate Neutral Certified came into our scope. This label would supply us with proper tools, advice and expertise on how to more precisely and correctly measure our footprint and compensate it as well as provide us with strategies on how to reduce that footprint.
On 22 April 2021, we officially became Climate Neutral Certified! We achieved this by providing data to the label, based on which an estimation was made on what our footprint has been. The expertise of the label ensured that we had a more accurate measurement than the year before. The estimation of CNC was 3 times higher than our own DIY estimation, which came mostly from not having data on suppliers as well as indirect emissions, such as those emitted at the production of the office building. These were great learnings for us! Again, we compensated our footprint through offset programs provided to us by the label and started working on strategies on how to reduce our footprint even further, in the years to come. We are currently working on finding options for supplied goods and services that are more sustainable, we are avoiding plane rides whenever possible, we provide the option to our employees to work from home or remote and we aim to eliminate single-use company ‘swag’.
One reduction strategy that is still on the horizon is reducing our data usage. At the moment, just like almost everybody else, we are using a lot more data than a bit over a year ago. We have had some small ideas, like setting your video stream to a lower resolution or turning it off altogether and decreasing traffic by, for instance, unsubscribing from all newsletters you don’t read. But, we are still working on looking at this at a grander scale (if you have any thoughts, please do hit us up!).