Decarbonising our business

 

Greengiving is all about green and sustainability. Not only regarding our products, but also when it comes to our way of doing business. We always evaluate our processes and look for ways to make them more sustainable. An important part of this eco-minded entrepreneurship is our greenhouse gas footprint. To minimise the gas emissions, we focus on three things: reuse, recycle and reduce. For the operations where we're not able to reduce (at this moment), we'll compensate.

 

 

Reuse and recycle

 We reuse cardboard boxes as much as we can

 The energy that is generated by our solar panels, are used to power the machines in our warehouse

 We don't use single-use bottles and cups

 Ink cartridges are collected for recycling

 

  

 

Reduce

 We minimise our email flows and data storage

 We minimise transport by keeping our own stock and making smart purchasing choices

 We reduce the commuting emissions by electric driving, biking and using public transport

 

 

 

  

 

Our roadmap to 2024

In the coming years we will carefully measure our greenhouse gas footprint to understand where our emissions come from and target our efforts on reducing our emissions. For a small part we cannot avoid that we have to compensate.

 

Read the detailed notes about each subject here.

 

 

 

 2020 

 

 2021 

 2022

 2023

 2024

 Energy consumption office

 Climate positive

 Climate positive

 Climate positive

 Climate positive

 Climate positive

 Company car and commuting*

 Compensated

 Compensated

 Will be compensated

 Will be compensated

 Will be compensated

 Transport containers**

 Compensated

 Compensated

 Will be compensated

 Will be compensated

 Will be compensated

 Data (mail and website)

 -

 Compensated

 Minimise and compensate

 remaining part

 Minimise and compensate

 remaining part

 Minimise and compensate

 remaining part

 Orders shipped CO2-neutral

 (percentage of total number of orders)

 39% 

 61% 

 75%

 88%

 100%

 Orders printed CO2-neutral

 (percentage of total number of orders)

 39% 

 52% 

 60%

 65%

 70%

 Identify the CO2 emissions per product

 (percentage of total number of products in our assortment)

 -

 -

 20%

 40%

 60%

 Products produced CO2-neutral

 (percentage of total turnover)

   23%   30%  40%  50%

* Calculated via www.klimaatplein.com

** Calculated via www.ritra.nl

Compensation for gas emissions

Greengiving grows, which means our emissions grow with us (unfortunately). Even though we do everything to reduce our emissions, it's very hard to do so for some parts of our business. For those parts, such as the emissions caused by commuting, we compensate via Trees for All through certified forest projects.

 

 

Compensation 2020

 

 

In 2020 we've calculated our greenhouse gas emissions for the first time. We were able to calculate our emissions for the following parts:

 

  • Energy use office (fully covered thanks to the solar panels)
  • Company car and commuting
  • Container transport (seed paper and cotton bags)

The total amount of gas emissions was 38 tons (= 3802 kg per FTE). These emissions are compensated via Trees for All, an organisation with over 20 years’ experience and a CBF certificate. View our certificate here.

Compensation 2021

 

 

The total amount of gas emissions was 38,6 tons (= 3441 kg per FTE). This year we also calculated the emisions from emailing and the use of our website. 

 

  • Energy use office (fully covered thanks to the solar panels)
  • Company car and commuting
  • Container transport (seed paper and cotton bags)
  • Data (email and website)

We compensated the gas emissions for 2020 and 2021 at the same time. For both years, 90 tons of gas emissions are compensated via Trees for All. View our certificate here.