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.
Greenhouse gases (especially CO2 and methane), which are being emitted through industry, energy production, transportation, and agriculture are causing the climate to heat up. PPC Solutions is also a contributor using internet cloud services around the world that use electricity that doesn’t necessarily come from sustainable sources.
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 we travel? This might sound like quite a complicated task, but our tracking system actually makes it 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.