At Planetly by OneTrust, we believe in transparency and action to fight the climate crisis. While we made it our mission to build the tools for businesses to step up to their responsibility and start the transition to a net-zero economy, we also want to lead by example.
People say “eat your own dog food” 🐶 - so that is exactly what we do.
Although climate action is at the core of our business activities, our operations also create greenhouse gases. Since the beginning, we have therefore measured our own carbon footprint and started implementing actions to continuously reduce it.
To calculate the carbon footprint, we took a closer look at all relevant activities across our operations. This includes not only direct and energy-related emissions (Scope 1 & 2) but also indirect 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, we had a footprint of 346.93 t CO2e in 2021.
Compared to 2020, our absolute emissions increased by about 277%. This is not surprising, as we are growing like crazy: In 2020, Planetly’s carbon footprint accounted for 125.09 t CO2e. With an average of 22 full-time employees in 2020, this accounts for a carbon footprint of 5.69 t CO2e per FTE. In 2021, we welcomed many more Planeteers to the team. On average, we were 72.66 FTEs working daily on creating transparency on our clients carbon footprints, which accounts for 4.77 t CO2e per FTE. This is a reduction of around 16% of t CO2e per FTE in 2021 compared to 2020.
Our biggest emission drivers are purchased goods and services (61%), which are mainly driven by IT services. Besides this, major emissions arise from the purchase of capital goods and consumables (16%). Planeteers’ working from home and commuting to the office (8.6%), business travel (7%) as well as up- (4.6%) and downstream leased assets (1.4%) also contributed to our own carbon footprint.
For a detailed breakdown of Planetly's 2021 footprint, you can check this overview.
Even though climate action is at the core of our business activities, our operations do create greenhouse gases. As a SaaS company, it is normal that the majority of our emissions arise in scope 3 - meaning emissions that occur from sources not owned or controlled by Planetly.
We are constantly challenging ourselves in reducing all our emissions and operate with low environmental impact. For instance, we do use green electricity in our headquarter in Berlin, and we are committed to continue sourcing 100% renewable electricity annually.
Planeteers are real climate fighters and engagement and ownership is a big part of our company's culture. Therefore, we have a GreenTeam - consisting of representatives from each team within our organisation - that drives climate action at Planetly.
Our biggest emissions driver is the procurement of services and goods. Having a closer look, they are mainly from IT services and equipment. As most of those purchases are necessary in light of our company growth and scaling - supporting more clients on their way to net-zero - we won’t be able to avoid most of those emissions in the near future. However, we are conscious that we can make better decisions in a) when it's necessary to buy, and b) what to buy. We already buy some of our IT equipment refurbished and are committed to further bring our procurement in line with our company values.
In light of our current acquisition through OneTrust, which is headquartered in Atlanta (USA), we expect business travel to become a more prominent emission driver in the future. However, as a remote-first company, we are committed to continue to do the majority of our meetings virtually and only travel if a personal meeting is strictly necessary.
While we are taking actions to reduce our emissions, we also invest in certified projects to compensate our carbon emissions. Since Planetly was founded, we have invested in projects outside our company’s value chain, which avoid or reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and those that remove and store greenhouse gases from the atmosphere - so called offsetting.
But we also do not stop at our office doorstep in terms of offsetting. On top of our corporate carbon footprint of 346.93 t CO2e in 2021, we also offset our own Planeteers’ (EOY 135) private emissions, based on average values for each employee, depending on their residence. To do so, we additionally offset around 1,698 t CO2e on behalf of our employees.
We offset those emissions by supporting three high quality projects that are verified under the Gold Standard and contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
- Borneo Rainforest REDD+ Project in Indonesia (33%)
- Small-Scale Hydro Project in Turkey (33%)
- Clean Drinking Water Project in Zimbabwe (33%)
Why we decided to support these projects? Great question! The chosen projects cover a range of projects types - renewable energy, community and nature-based projects - in a range of locations (Europe, Africa and Asia) to achieve a broad range of sustainable development impacts, covering all 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.