At Seravo, we are not just tech professionals taking care of website hosting and upkeep, we are also parents, brothers, sisters, relatives, friends – we are part of society. As we are all inhabitants of the place we call our home, the planet – we feel the duty and obligation in the name of our loved ones to responsibly run our business.
Just as individuals we all strive to be more in balance on our impact on the environment, we also aspire to be a better company, taking responsibility for our ecological footprint. 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.
Becoming carbon negative is also something we feel is important as service providers and partners to our clients. Making sure, that if you are doing business with us, we are there to fight for your future too.
As the world becomes more aware of the climate crises, and parts of our planet face the consequences of irresponsible nature conservation, we invest in the swamps and forests – making sure that the greens of our world are protected.
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, in fact, 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, as much as 100 million hectares of tropical forest were lost.
And in recent years, we get to witness first hand 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.
For the years 2018 and 2019, we have met the carbon-neutrality goal by investing in lands with forests and swamps. Swamp is nature’s most powerful carbon bank. Wetlands in the northern arctic and boreal areas have the ability to 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.
Here are some of the additional things that we do:
- We carefully choose our energy providers, making sure that most if not all of our energy come from green plantations that use renewable sources (for example wind or water).
- Using smart setup solutions in our server cluster, where the hardware of different generations is combined to make sure we maximize the lifecycle of each individual element. We are proud to say that it is twice the industry average.
- We use speed optimization technologies that reduce unnecessary resource consumption. It does not only reflect in fast web pages for our customers, but also in remarkably lower power consumption.
Here are some of the things we individually do (and as a company we support and encourage it):
- 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 its already 2 decades in the new millennium, meaning a lot of work can be done remotely and no commute is needed as some of us prefer to work from their chosen locations.
- We have invested in various tools that a lot 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 reducing the consumption collectively.
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