Design Offices is a leading workspace-as-a-service provider in Germany and the go-to place for corporate coworking by offering companies flexible work environments that promote innovation and agile work cultures - with more than 40 Design Offices locations in major German cities, including Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt and Stuttgart.
As part of its own sustainability efforts, the company works with Planetly to gain transparency about its carbon emissions and to identify effective action to reduce them over time.
Having recognised that sustainability is a topic that concerns all companies in today's world and that an increasing number of customers ask for carbon footprint data, Design Offices was ready to take the next logical step: to create carbon transparency about its own operations. They are committed to carbon neutrality for several strong motives: as a young company in an industry that is driven by transformation and innovation, a future-oriented and sustainable perspective is not only important to them as a company but also to their employees and customers. As the market leader for corporate coworking, Design Offices was ready to take on a pioneering role in their sector - and with Planetly they found the right partner that supports them with a systematic, transparent and pragmatic approach.
To calculate the carbon footprint, we took a closer look at all relevant activities across Design Offices’s operations. This includes not only direct and energy-related emissions (Scope 1 & 2) but also indirect emissions caused by purchased goods and services and other emissions that occur outside the organisation (Scope 3).
The various types of emissions are calculated in CO2 equivalents (short: CO2e) to make them addable and comparable. Adding up all emissions, Design Offices had a footprint of 9,105.57 t CO2e in 2020.
Design Offices’ biggest emission drivers are external service providers the company uses, including catering, financial and equipment repair services, but also emissions stemming from heating are significant. Emissions from employee commute and teleworking are comparatively low with 75.3 and 42.68 tonnes of CO2e.
Design Offices has already taken a variety of reduction measures, including the use of green electricity, waste separation, upgrading to efficient light sources, as well as the extensive use of recycled materials for floor coverings, sound insulation, partition walls, etc.
Next to that, the company offers employees a job ticket and established a travel rule that all business travel should be done by train. In addition, Design Offices puts a focus on purchasing in Germany, especially when it comes to facilities.
Offsetting is a relevant stepping-stone to have an immediate impact on residual emissions. Design Offices therefore decided to offset the company’s carbon footprint from 2020 by supporting a climate action project in India that feeds renewable energy into the grid.