For companies, digitisation doesn’t just mean optimising processes and making work easier for employees. It is an essential factor in reducing their ecological footprint and contributing to climate protection. Though digital processes also consume energy and, therefore, resources, of course. “If the internet was a country, it would have the sixth largest electricity consumption worldwide.” Greenpeace published this insight back in 2017. The energy consumption of the internet is likely to be much greater today. But, it is also much easier to make digital processes climate-neutral: the energy that is needed can be generated sustainably, raw fossil materials can be replaced and much more besides is possible.
In order to achieve an improvement in our own carbon footprint and to take the first steps towards becoming a climate-neutral company, we made our website climate-neutral with Climate Partner. This has the advantage of not only considering the energy used, which our website consumes by being hosted in a data centre. We also take into account factors over which we have no influence, such as the energy consumption of the users of our website – energy for transmitting data and the consumption of the user’s end devices.
This consideration of external factors means we can offset our CO2 emissions appropriately with the project supported by Climate Partner.
More information about our CO2 compensation can be found in our digital certificate:
Climate protection project in the DR Congo
The CO2 offsetting project supported by Climate Partner aims to promote the protection and conservation of Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. On the one hand, the project helps to protect the park from illegal logging and the exploitation of many natural resources. Active work is also being undertaken on infrastructure, such as a hydroelectric power plant, in order to free the local population from their dependence on charcoal from illegal tree felling. This will also help save endangered mountain gorillas, who call Virunga National Park their home and are among the most endangered species in the world.
You can find more detailed information on the project on the Climate Partner website.