From Carbon-neutral to Carbon negative
At Seravo, we are also parents, brothers, sisters, relatives, friends – we feel the duty and obligation in the name of our loved ones to responsibly run our business. This is why we have taken steps to make sure that we are carbon-neutral, aspiring to move even further, one-day becoming carbon negative.
Table of contents
1. We Use Green Energy
We carefully choose our energy providers, making sure that most, if not all of our energy come from renewable (wind, solar, or water) sources.
At the end of 2019, we were serving 79% of the websites in our upkeep with environmentally friendly energy. To offset the carbon emissions for the sites that remain in data centers powered with fossil energy, we have invested in the restoration of swampland. In 2019 our operations were made carbon neutral thanks to a donation to The Finnish Association for Nature Conservation to restore five hectares of land.
In 2019 we moved our server cluster in Sweden to a data center ran by Binero Cloud that uses 100% renewable energy. All the excess thermal energy produced by the data center is put to good use in the district heating of the area, which helps the data center to achieve an astonishing PUE value of 1,05.
2. We Invest in Wetlands
We invest in wetlands as it stores carbon. Through this, we are able to protect the nature that helps reduce global warming.
The biodiversity of our world is in danger. Scientists are claiming that nearly one million animals and plant species are currently in danger of extinction. A recent UN report says that while human activity has wreaked havoc on this planet since the beginning of history, the last 50 years have been unprecedented. According to the report, an average of about 25% of all animals and plants could become extinct within decades. Between the years 1980 and 2000, we lost as much as 100 million hectares of tropical forest.
In recent years, we have witnessed firsthand the devastating wildfires taking place in Russia, South America, California, and Australia. We can’t just sit tight and pretend as if it were to happen on some other planet or galaxy. There is no planet B, as there is no plan B – we all have to do our part.
Like we wrote before, we have met our goal of carbon-neutrality by investing in lands with forests and swamps. Swamp is nature’s most potent carbon bank. Wetlands in the northern arctic and boreal areas can store large amounts of carbon. Wetlands also accumulate and store carbon within the soil in the form of leaf matter and plant debris. According to the Ramsar Scientific and Technical Review Panel, wetlands cover just 9% of the planet’s land surface, yet are estimated to store 35% of terrestrial carbon.
For 2020 and onwards, we plan to take our aims of doing our part for the planet even further. So we keep on investing in the swamps, supporting nature conservation, and also do our part as individuals by being more respectful and aware consumers individually and as a company.
3. Encourage Green Thinking
We improve company policies to further reduce our footprint on the environment.
Here are some of the things we individually do (and as a company, support and encourage):
- Commute to work by foot or using public transit. On a typical day, none of us come to the office by car.
- The work and office culture – sorting office waste, turning off the equipment after work.
- We are a tech company and already two decades into the new millennium. A lot of the work that we do can be remote. No commute is necessary, as some of us prefer to work from their chosen locations.
- We have invested in various tools that many of us need, but do not have to buy separately. We lend these tools to our employees, so they would not have to buy their own, thus collectively reducing the consumption.
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It is really nice to have the hosting provider that shares these core values. They also care about the environment and the future in a very concrete way that matches our thinking.Mikko Saari, Relevanssi