Summer droughts, rising sea levels, alterations to entire habitats: climate change is not some abstract threat conjured up by the media, hovering on the horizon. We are right smack in the middle of it. We can sit with our hands in our laps and lament the situation. We can point the finger at the polluters and the politicians. But, we can also do something about it. In this post, we are going to introduce a concept that does just that.
Admittedly: the whole thing is quite complex. But, actually, it’s also quite simple. Greenhouse gases (especially CO2 and methane), which are being emitted through industry, energy production, transportation, and agriculture are causing the climate to heat up. And our company, bikablo GmbH & Co. KG, is also a contributor: all of our team members drive to the office every day, our rooms are heated with natural gas, and even the manufacture of our computers consumed energy. And above all: our trainers and visualizers travel throughout Germany, Europe – and sometimes to other continents as well – for over 500 projects each year.
For years, as customers of Naturstrom, we have been using electricity generated from renewable energy sources; we ensure that our printed materials are created in a climate-neutral fashion; we use the Ecosia internet search engine; and, whenever possible, we travel by train.
Since 2018, bikablo has taken things even one step further: we are now compensating for our company’s “carbon footprint.” To do this, we have partnered with the Swiss myclimate foundation. Our goal: to offset the amount of greenhouse gases that we produce each year through reductions or savings elsewhere.
How does this work?
- At year-end, we calculate our consumption:
How much heat did we use? How much paper? And above all, how many miles did our 30-member bikablo team travel by train, car, and plane? This might sound like quite a complicated task, but our project management system actually makes it quite simple to track.
- Next, myclimate calculates how many tons of CO2 were thereby released into the air.
- We then pay myclimate the amount necessary to reduce or save this amount of CO2 through one of their worldwide climate protection projects (“CO2 compensation”). These projects include a solar energy plant in the Dominican Republic, energy-optimized cookstoves in Rwanda, and a reforestation program in Uganda.
- So that our customers, as users of our services, also share in these increased costs, a portion of these funds is charged to them as a small flat-rate climate surcharge on our invoices.
The backbone of myclimate’s CO2 compensation program is a complex, internationally-recognized and certified calculation model. That makes participating a breeze. And what’s more, myclimate projects are not just helping to protect our climate, they also support the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals: they strengthen local communities, provide for education, ensure equality, and have a positive impact on the local biotopes as well as species conservation.
We’re not doing this just to maintain a clear conscience. It’s still better to take the train than to fly. We see it as an investment in our common future.
Has this post piqued your interest? Become climate-neutral yourself – as an individual, an organizer, an entrepreneur, or together with your employer. Initiatives like myclimate are there to help you quickly, simply, and easily get started.