Climate responsibility

We have analysed the carbon footprint of our service and we offset it 110%

 

We are committed to actively reducing our carbon footprint and acting in accordance with the Paris Agreement. We base our climate responsibility work on an ISO 14067:2018 environmental programme certificate (Carbon footprint of products) and we are a member of the Climate Positive cooperation network.

Ilari Abdeen, CEO, Kivra Finland

The companies in the Climate Positive network comply with the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol reporting model and offset 110% of the carbon footprint of their services or products. Additionally, the companies are committed to actively reducing their carbon footprint and working in accordance with the Paris Agreement

We track and report our carbon footprint annually in accordance with the calculation principles of the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol, taking into account Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions.

This means that our calculations include the entire carbon footprint of our service, throughout the whole delivery chain.  Our calculations and analysis are prepared together with U&We, a Swedish company specialising in climate calculations and consultancy. The calculations are based on the figures for 2020. 

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Kivra mail is 110% Climate Positive

Our carbon footprint equals the annual consumption of two Finns

In 2020, the total carbon footprint of our service was 20 tCO2e. This corresponds approximately to the annual carbon footprint of two Finnish persons. The calculated annual climate load of each individual person in Finland is estimated to be 10.4 tCO2e. (Source: Sitra)

Although our carbon footprint is already very small for a company, we are still actively striving to cut the climate load caused by our business. Climate responsibility and sustainable choices are part of our employees’ daily lives. 

If we did not account for Scope 3 indirect climate impacts, our carbon footprint would only be 7.7 tCO2e.  However, we feel it is more truthful to include every factor contributing to the climate load caused by our service in our calculation. 

We have divided our Scope 3 emissions into 12 sub-categories. The most impactful are listed in the chart.

Where does our service’s carbon footprint come from?

We have analysed the entire carbon footprint of our service in accordance with the calculation formulas of the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol and in line with our ISO 14067:2018 environmental programme certificate.

The total carbon footprint of our service consists of Scope 1, Scope 2 and Scope 3 emissions. This means that our reporting includes  the climate load caused by the entire delivery chain.  We have divided our Scope 3 emissions into 12 sub-categories. 

The biggest carbon footprint of our services comes from our employees’ commuting to work, which is classified under Scope 3 indirect emissions. Up to 34% of emissions are the result of our personnel commuting to our office in Otaniemi, Espoo. 

Scope 2 indirect emissions, or the electricity and district heating at our business premises (using market-based reporting) make up 21% of our total carbon footprint. 

The third largest climate impact, accounting for 20%, comes from the goods and equipment needed to produce our service, the majority of which consists of electronics purchases.

The rest of our climate load (25%) consists of such things as the investments of employment pension funds (9%), business travel (7%), as well as the transportation of goods, data transfer and servers and advertising (12% combined). 

We are commited to reducing our carbon footprint

As our business and the number of our employees grow in Finland, our carbon footprint will naturally start growing. 

The figures for 2020 are exceptional because of the ongoing coronavirus situation and the challenges and barriers it has caused in relation to movement. However, last year gave us a good foundation on how to improve our climate work even further.

We encourage our personnel to choose climate-friendly means of transportation, such as public transport, cycling and electric vehicles. 

The biggest challenge in reducing our carbon footprint is posed by our Scope 3 indirect emissions, which mostly consist of our employees’ commuting between home and work as well as the equipment needed to perform our work. The climate load from these is not a large figure in absolute terms, but it forms a large percentage of the entire carbon footprint of our service and is precisely the area in which we can make improvements in the future.

As for business travel, we avoid flying and private car use. We pay attention to what equipment we purchase and to our energy consumption. We recycle everything we can instead of buying new products.

We also require our partners to commit to the common climate targets for a cleaner climate.

By being aware of the biggest contributors to our carbon footprint, we can actively keep track of them and make better choices for the climate. 

From carbon neutral to climate positive

We offset 110% of the carbon footprint resulting from our operations. We fulfill this by partnering with ZeroMission nature conservation organisation to protect rainforests that have suffered from excessive production of palm oil on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia.

Image source: Zero Mission

We also hope that we can inspire other companies to actively aim to be climate positive. At Kivra, we do it through our responsible core business and by making our climate positive digital mailbox service available to all Finns. 

We want to offer everyone the opportunity to reduce their carbon footprint effortlessly, as part of their normal daily activities and sustainable business. 

To offset 110% of our carbon footprint, we support the Bujang Raba REDD+ conservation project on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia. Bujang Raba is one of the first REDD projects in Indonesia. The project’s mission is to conserve rainforests that have been damaged by excessive palm oil production and educate the local population in responsible forest management and cultivation.

The conserved forest area is more than 5,339 hectares in size. It is estimated that the conservation of the area will lead to a net carbon benefit of 630,000 tCO2 over a period of 10 years (2014–2023).

By supporting the conservation work conducted by the Bujang Raba REDD+ project, we are participating in protecting rainforests, which are a vital carbon sink for the planet. 

The project has been certified by Plan Vivo. The implementation of our climate positive compensation is supervised by ZeroMission. More information on the project is available on Plan Vivo’s website at: Planvivo.org/bujang-raba.


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