Recare was founded in 2017 and has since become one of the leading digital start-ups in the German healthcare industry. The Berlin-based company simplifies healthcare processes for all stakeholders - including patients, clinics, payers and other service providers.
Through their platform, Recare ensures an optimal transfer process of patients from hospital to post-care - in real-time.
In collaboration with Planetly, Recare has calculated and offset its carbon footprint. In the long term, Recare wants to reduce emissions.
Recare has developed into one of the leading B2B marketplaces in the medical sector. The start-up connects more than 560 acute and rehabilitation clinics as well as over 14,000 other service providers, enabling uncomplicated and rapid coordination of the individual care paths of patients.
The idea is to save costs in the health system, relieve hospital staff, and ensure patients’ comprehensive care.
Recare has partnered with Planetly not only to improve healthcare but also to do something good for the environment.
To calculate Recare's footprint, we took a closer look at the locations in Berlin and Paris.
All direct and energy-related emissions (Scope 1 and 2) as well as emissions caused by service providers and external services (Scope 3) were taken into account.
If we add up all emissions, the result is a footprint of 78.8 t CO2e for Recare in 2019.
The largest share of Recare's carbon emissions comes from buildings, i.e. office operations, heating and electricity. The second-largest portion of the footprint is caused by Recare employees, such as going on business trips, working from home or commuting to work. The purchase of external goods and services accounts for a comparatively small share.
Recare has already taken some necessary steps to reduce its carbon footprint in the long term. For example, both of Recare's own offices in Paris and Berlin have already been equipped with LEDs and smart lighting management to reduce energy emissions.
Besides, Recare has introduced a new travel policy. This policy included providing sales staff with the Bahncard100, which allows them to travel by train throughout Germany. Furthermore, if possible, Recare employs its sales staff in the regions where they live. This should enable them to travel to and from appointments as quickly as possible.
In addition, all employees have a ticket for public transport in Berlin, which most of them already use for their daily commute to the office. On the other hand, thanks to Recare's home office policy, employees can occasionally work from home, reducing commuting emissions altogether.
In the future, Recare wants to reduce all avoidable emissions with the help of a reduction strategy based on the results of the carbon analysis.
Recare will continue to work on reducing their carbon emissions. The company has selected three certified climate action projects to offset its unavoidable emissions from 2019.
Recare's first project is counteracting the deforestation of the Kakamega rainforest. For this, locally produced ceramic cooker plates are purchased and used to replace the classic fireplaces in rural houses. This way, wood consumption is reduced by almost 50 %, thus destroying the rainforest. In addition, the health and economic conditions of the inhabitants have improved.
The second project focuses on improving access to clean drinking water in East Africa. The project seeks to ensure this through the construction and maintenance of water wells in Rwanda. In addition, the project enhances hygiene and health conditions on-site, reduces dependence on firewood and creates equal conditions between men and women.
The third project in the Netherlands aims to improve agricultural practices. Agriculture accounts for 14% of global CO2 emissions. The project ferments dung from pig farming and converts it into biogas. The biogas, in turn, is used to generate renewable energy. Thus, the process prevents the uncontrolled production of methane and contributes to the fight against climate change.
With Recare's investment in climate action projects, the company has offset 87 tonnes of CO2e.