We have been measuring the size of Smartly.io’s carbon footprint since 2019, taking into account all three emissions scopes and following the Greenhouse Gas Protocol. As a software company, our operations don’t create any direct emissions, and our largest source of emissions is business travel, especially by air. Servers typically amount to a large emission source, but as our service provider runs our servers on green electricity, they are exempted from the carbon footprint calculation.
Since the beginning of the tracking period in 2019, our total emissions have decreased by 47%. Emissions per revenue and employee have decreased by 67% and 69% respectively, even as Smartly.io has grown its team by 73% and revenue 60% in the same time frame. The key reason behind our shrinking carbon footprint was reduced business travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are currently exploring ways to proactively cut our emissions, starting from our product development with sustainable code all the way to our daily operations.
Our portfolio of carbon capture projects covers both traditional carbon capture methods, such as forest conservation and reforestation, and innovative carbon capture methods, like soil carbon and biochar. To tackle the uncertainties in carbon capture and ensure our carbon neutrality, we overcompensate our annual emissions. So far, we have contributed to capturing over 14,000 tCO₂ from the atmosphere.
We teamed up with global tree planting and care service Treebuddy.earth to plant mangrove trees in the Philippines and Indonesia: seven trees for each of our employees and our customers as a holiday gift. Our payment for each tree also guaranteed care of trees for the next five years. We were able to have a positive impact on the environment and protect biodiversity. In total, we planted 9,800 trees
Doing our part in the climate crisis and reducing emissions is a path of several actions. We already provide a carbon neutral product by offsetting our emissions. The next step is to look at product development: improve caching and use more efficient code, among others.
We are only at the beginning of our corporate responsibility journey and strive to do better all the time. In the future, we want to be the industry leader in amplifying good and to go beyond compliance in privacy, sustainability, and corporate responsibility. If you have ideas about how we can continue to do better, we’d love to…