We believe that statements aren’t enough when committing to the environment — we believe that taking action is more important than any statement you can make. That’s why, over the past few years, we’ve decided to back up our words with actions and started the process of becoming carbon neutral, in association with Planetly.
When looking to offset our carbon footprint, we were looking for partners that would help us do so in the most effective and efficient way possible. We chose Planetly, as we believe their projects are designed to make the biggest impact possible while also ensuring a transparent calculation of our footprint.
Becoming carbon neutral was a three-step process. First, we had to calculate our carbon footprint. With the help of Planetly, we’ve calculated that our carbon footprint for 2020 was 9,598.74 tCO²e, mostly impacted by the services we procure in the course of our work, as well as the footprint generated by our players — which we calculated separately. Then, we received a reduction strategy from Planetly. Finally, we offset our carbon footprint and started implementing carbon-free solutions and avoiding emissions wherever possible.
Planetly has estimated that we can reduce nearly 12% of our emissions by making some changes. Based on their feedback, we’ve already switched to smartly managed LEDs in our offices, and we have started other suggested projects. This is in order to ensure that in the coming years, we’ll be able to avoid pointless emissions (for example, by skipping a business trip that wasn’t needed) and reduce the emissions that we can’t avoid. For 2020, however, in the absence of a time machine, we had to compensate for our emissions by investing in high-quality carbon offset projects.
We realize that our company will never be able to avoid and reduce our entire carbon footprint, given the nature of our business and our projects. Offsetting allows us to allocate part of our profits to ensure that these profits are invested in protecting the environment. All in all, we have committed to five projects:
Four Wind Energy Projects in India, Costa Rica, Turkey, and Mongolia which save over 350 thousand tCO²e in total, bringing sustainable power to people in remote locations, and The Borneo Rainforest REDD+ Project in Indonesia, reducing damages from deforestation and forest degradation in the region, saving 64,500 hectares of swamp from releasing 3.5 million tCO²e into the atmosphere.
Reducing our carbon footprint is a challenge, but one we’re up to any day of the week. We have managed to create a smart office with energy-saving lights, recycling, biker-friendly infrastructure, and a tap water cooler in order to limit plastic bottle use. We also source our food from local fair-trade distributors and put an emphasis on vegetarian food.
“We pay attention to the influence of our actions, including parties on the environment. 25% of the food we offer at parties is plant-based, in order to reduce our impact on the environment and our carbon footprint,” Karolina Gralczyk, TSG’s Office Manager notes.
We also applied what we learned when renovating our brand new first-floor space in our Wrocław HQ. Thanks to smart material use, we managed to reduce the renovation’s carbon footprint by over 38 tCO²e, and we plan to continue that trend in future renovations.
We also don’t limit ourselves to our carbon neutrality project. We’ve launched the Eco League, an internal company eco-awareness event, and we’re also regularly launching environmental events in our games as well.
We’re committed to carbon neutrality for the foreseeable future. We’re currently in the process of calculating our carbon footprint for 2021 and limiting our emissions in 2022. Being carbon neutral isn’t our only environmental initiative, either.
We remain committed to our other environmental initiatives, such as the Eco League, planting trees in Poland, and in-game eco-awareness events; after all, our games wouldn’t be possible without the wonderful world we live in. Stay tuned to learn more about our environmental initiatives.
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