Climate protection will be the defining issue for all of us beyond Corona. And with it, the question of what role and responsibility each and every one of us can and wants to take on. This applies to private individuals as well as to companies and organisations.
Therefore, at vostel.de, we have been looking at ways to keep our ecological footprint as small as possible or even become climate neutral for a long time. This applies to our daily work, our travels or even our events where we already take sustainable considerations. In recent months, we have taken two more important steps on this path.
On the one hand, we became members of the Bundesverband Nachhaltiger Wirtschaft e.V. last year. The association is actively involved in ecologically oriented business and emphasises the social responsibility of companies. At the same time, it provides targeted input for sustainable business in politics.
Our carbon footprint
On the other hand, we wanted to know how big our specific carbon footprint is and which factors significantly determine it. For this purpose, we had the sustainability consultancy Fokus Zukunft calculate the resources used in our work and the associated emissions. These were supplemented by calculations of our digital footprint via websitecarbon.com and carbonliteracy.com.
The result: In 2019 (in regular operation before Corona), we emitted approx. 4.79 tonnes of CO2 with 6 employees. Travel, commuting and our energy consumption in the office accounted for the largest share:
We were very pleased to see that we have a relatively low carbon footprint, with 4.79 tonnes of CO2 per year. By comparison, a person taking 5 return flights from Frankfurt/Main to Lisbon produces about the same amount of CO2.
Our CO2 compensation
To offset our emissions, after some research we decided to work with the non-profit organisation ForTomorrow.eu. From now on, we will compensate 5 tonnes of CO2 annually through them and thus offset the ecological footprint of our events, work activities and travel – making us climate neutral in the balance:
The reason why we chose ForTomorrow.eu is that, on the one hand, they reforest sustainable – and protected by the German Federal Forest Act – mixed forests in Germany that remove carbon dioxide from the air where it is produced. On the other hand, the platform buys up CO2 emission rights in order to withdraw them from the European market and thus reduce new CO2 emissions. A clever approach that we are happy to support.
We are pleased to have taken a few steps towards more sustainability and climate protection. At the same time, however, we know that an offset payment alone is not enough. For this reason, we will continue to think about ways to make all activities as climate-neutral (or even climate-positive) as possible in the future.
And we hope to inspire other people, companies and organisations to act in a more sustainable and climate-friendly way.
Your Team from vostel.de