Social Impact Company Too Good To Go Becomes a Climate Action Pioneer

Too Good To Go is a social impact company that has been building a movement against food waste since 2015. In 17 countries worldwide, the company connects restaurants, supermarkets, bakeries and wholesalers with consumers by offering a B2C online marketplace to save food from going to waste.

Additionally, they are an active voice on food waste and continue to push legislation in the right direction, educate younger generations, and build awareness-raising campaigns with the aim of influencing consumers and businesses to take action.

135 million meals have already been saved this way. While that already has a vast and positive impact on our planet, it doesn't stop there for Too Good To Go.

The company has therefore teamed up with Planetly. Together, we have determined and fully offset Too Good To Go's company-wide carbon footprint for 2020 and 2021. Too Good To Go analysed and offset all emissions across all three emission scopes and has been awarded the Carbon Neutral+ seal.

Moving forward, the company wants to further reduce all avoidable emissions and continue its movement towards positive impact for our planet.

Industry:
Food & Beverages
Headquarters:
Copenhagen, Denmark
Employees:
1,350
Locations:
42 locations in 17 countries
Carbon Footprint:
14,157 t (2020 & 2021)
Carbon Offset
4
Offset Project
Offset Projects
2020 & 2021
Analysis Period
about
Too Good To Go

Background & Objectives

The Too Good To Go app is the world's largest marketplace for surplus food. Users can save food from being thrown away by buying it at lower prices from local businesses.

Not only does this reduce food waste, but it also allows businesses to recover sunken costs by selling any surplus food before closing time which would usually have been thrown away.

The Too Good To Go mission is to inspire and empower people to fight against food waste, and they know impact can only happen if we fight together. Therefore, they run projects with businesses and households as well as in schools and other public institutions to raise awareness and help people take action to not waste food.

The business model and mission of Too Good To Go are already contributing significantly to climate action. And the company is committed to doing even more.

With Planetly, Too Good To Go gained carbon transparency across its entire operations and now wants to reduce not only its own carbon footprint but to also continue its movement to avoid emissions created by food waste across the globe.

“We know that we all have a responsibility to tackle climate change, and every person can make a difference but we, as businesses, need to lead by example. This is why we've committed to being carbon neutral + from 2020 onwards.”

footprint

Too Good To Go

's Carbon Footprint

To calculate the carbon footprint, we took a closer look at all relevant activities across Too Good To Go’s locations.

The carbon footprint of Too Good To Go not only takes into account direct and energy-related emissions (Scope 1 & 2) but also indirect emissions caused by service providers and services the company uses (Scope 3).

Adding up all emissions, Too Good To Go had a footprint of 2,475 t CO2e in 2020 and of 9,612.59 t CO2e in 2021.

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Analysis Results

The largest share of Too Good To Go's carbon footprint stems from the company's procurement process. This includes the use of external services, external servers and consumables and equipment. The emissions of Too Good To Go employees form the second-largest contribution to the carbon footprint. Emissions for example occur from commuting to the office, but also when working from home.

9,612.59 t
t CO2e
total carbon emissions
9,442.93 t
t CO2e
Scope 1 emissions
133.24 t
t CO2e
Scope 1 emissions
36.24 t
t CO2e
Scope 1 emissions
Outlook

Too Good to Go Wants to Reduce Emissions

At the time of assessment, Too Good To Go had managed to save more than 135 million meals, globally, since its foundation. To make a real impact, the company works with numerous government representatives, businesses, households and education on its mission to fight food waste.

So far, Too Good To Go already implemented a recycling system across a number of their office locations. Moreover, they always encourage the use of second-hand furniture at their offices and offer vegan meals in their canteens. They are also currently in the process of outlining and setting up their own travel and office space policies, which will help them to further reduce emissions in the future.

CLimate action

Too Good to Go Is Committed to Climate Action

Too Good To Go has decided to offset all unavoidable emissions by supporting certified climate action projects. In 2020, they supported one project in Peru and one in India, and in 2021, they added two more projects, one in Malawi, and one in Turkey, to the list.

The food system is the biggest driver of deforestation. Too Good To Go envisions a sustainable food system for the future by helping to protect the Amazonian rainforest in Peru and to preserve biodiversity in the project regions. At the same time, the REDD+ Project initiates training on sustainable agricultural methods and creates jobs for the local communities.

To account for highly-emitting web servers the company uses to fully operate its application, Too Good To Go decided to support a renewable energy project in India. This solar project expands additional renewable energies in India's power grid. The project helps to reduce 659,000 tonnes of CO2e annually.

The third project they support provides efficient cookstoves for rural families in Malawi. So far, the project has already provided over 600,000 homes and 1,300 institutions like schools with access to clean cooking technology.

The last project promotes low-cost and clean energy by generating an average of 395,577 MWh per year of energy through wind power and feeding it into the Turkish national grid. In 2020, an emission's reduction of approximately 236,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents has been achieved with the operation of the wind farm.


Large-Scale Solar Project India

India

Wind Energy Project Turkey

Turkey

Andean Amazon REDD+ Project Peru

Peru

Efficient Cookstoves for Households Malawi

Malawi