Hello, everyone! From wherever you’re reading this, we hope you’re able to get outside today and enjoy our wonderful planet! If not, that means we still need to work together so that more people can enjoy this world safely. In any case, we wish you’re having a nice day!
The reality is that even after facing an unprecedented global pandemic, together with environmental issues, climate change is one of the biggest threats to humanity. Nonetheless, we have the tools to stop it.
Sustainability, ethics, and the environment have been part of our roots since day one, and today we’re thrilled that we’re able to join 300+ other Climate Neutral Certified brands in taking meaningful action for our planet.
Although there are many other ways to compensate and reduce carbon emissions, we want to share with you a part of our commitment to Earth through our Climate Neutral certification.
An unprecedented 2020 taught us to face big challenges as individuals, as a team, and as a society.
Globally, we emit almost 60 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases every year. These are the carbon emissions that cause climate deterioration, and our industry (software/IT) is responsible for 2–3% of these emissions.
If we don’t take responsibility for this problem now, then there’s no way we’ll hit the 2050 goals set out by the Paris Climate Agreement. And that can be a game-changer for billions of lifeforms, including trees, birds, bees, seas, and humans.
We’re acting now because scientifically-vetted solutions to climate change exist, and they are accessible to companies like ours. As Leo Prieto, our CEO put it, “Odd was born with the intention of using advanced technology to understand our world and help reduce our negative impact. Although we have always been committed to Earth, we have made the decision to formalize that commitment. We believe that collaboration is the only way to achieve our goals.”
We do this so we can be conscious of our footprint and the impact of our actions, to be held accountable as an institution (we have to be constantly re-certified) and because, as a team, we all want to be the change we want to see in the world.
We do this for the planet, and for all the lifeforms that inhabit it. 🌳
How did we get here?
We partnered with Climate Neutral to measure, offset, and reduce last year’s carbon emissions. This process took a significant amount of time and resources from our team, but ultimately it’s an insignificant cost compared to that of climate change.
We measured our 2020 carbon footprint at 49 tCO2e tonnes. To arrive at this number, we looked at all of the emissions created from employee commuting and eventual purchased goods. These measurements impact the suppliers we choose, which is the reason we became Google Cloud Partners in 2020, working exclusively with the cleanest cloud in the industry. (The calculation includes scopes 1, 2 and 3 according to Greenhouse Gas Protocol standards.)
We “zeroed-out” these emissions by purchasing $317.52 in carbon credits. These carbon credits supported a portfolio of projects including forests and farms.
Last, but not least, we created Reduction Action Plans to help lower the emissions we produce over the next 12–24 months.
What We Will Reduce
- We will reduce emissions from employee commuting
How We Will Reduce It
- We will keep distributed work as our standard, even after reopening. Our team members already have the opportunity to work from anywhere in the world — and we’ll keep it that way.
What We Plan To Reduce
- We plan to reduce emissions from purchased goods
How We Will Reduce It
- We will enhance our purchase scheme, evaluating wether the goods are essential or not, planning better schedules, avoiding last minute purchases and identifying its useful and reuse capacity. Also, we will prefer eco-friendly suppliers when available.
3 reasons why we share the details of our process
- Because our readers, customers, and everyone else deserve transparency, and we want to show how we’re working to live up to our claims of environmental responsibility.
- Because we hope that sharing our experience will answer questions that other organizations might have and invite them to take action.
- Because the climate crisis is just one of the environmental crises we are going through, and becoming climate neutral does not solve all issues, but it’s a step we all need to take: We need more people and organizations on a path to #BeClimateNeutral.
Side note: Being Climate Neutral Certified is just one of several projects that define our growth framework, (spoiler alert: we are also working on some others such as 1% for the Planet and more!).
About Climate Neutral
Climate Neutral is a non-profit organization that works supporting brands to reduce global carbon emissions through an optimized and reliable certification process that allows them to measure, offset, and reduce efficiently.
What does it mean to be Climate Neutral Certified?
Being a #ClimateNeutralCertified company means we have achieved net-zero carbon emissions, taking a step towards a more sustainable planet in the future, because we deeply care about our Earth and the billions of lifeforms that inhabit it through as many eco-friendly means as possible.
The 300 brands certified so far this year all went through the same process to measure, offset, and reduce their emissions, neutralizing about 700,000 tonnes of carbon emissions. These companies offer products and services across a wide range of industries, from apparel to media.
To The Future
We’re thrilled to be in good company with this year’s Climate Neutral Certified brands. We believe in Climate Neutral’s mission of taking action now to solve a problem that we understand to be an urgent threat. We’re glad you’re with us for the journey.
The process to become Climate Neutral Certified is a months-long effort to measure, offset, and reduce our carbon footprint. These are actions that all brands — and individuals — can and should take now to “flatten the curve” of carbon emissions and take care of the present and future of all creatures of Earth.
To learn more about Climate Neutral and other brands committed to climate action, visit climateneutral.org.
Last but not least, we invite you to take a trip to our new website le.mu o see how we’re helping tackle the environmental crises, not only by taking carbon-neutrality actions, but also by non-invasive technologies that can help our ecosystems restore and regenerate.