We want to reduce Agento Digital’s impact on the planet and make positive changes for biodiversity.
As a micro-business in the UK, it’s easy to think of ourselves as a molecule in a drop in the ocean compared to other industries and their impact on climate change. But micro-businesses make up the majority of the business population in the UK. We all have a part to play in combatting climate change, regardless of size.
As a digital agency working from home, everything is online. We’re not big on making business flights around the world or driving miles around the country. We don’t manufacture or ship goods. But we do operate cloud services with data-centres that have an impact on CO2 emissions and sustainability. And working from home also has an impact, as do the personal lives of our employees.
To work out the impact of Agento Digital, we undertook an analysis exercise in January 2022 to work out our carbon footprint for the previous year.
Our analysis covered January to December 2021, mainly taking into account electrical consumption for cloud hosting, client intranet usage, file storage, backup storage, day to day business activities and individual employee footprints.
It is very difficult to calculate a precise figure. There are many variables, different ways of measuring energy use, and differing guidelines for converting kilowatt hours to CO2 emissions. Figures disclosed are our best estimate.
From the analysis we have calculated an estimate of 4.6 tonnes in 2021.
We have applied our algorithms and calculations to previous years and have worked out an estimate for the total impact of Agento Digital since inception as 18.3 tonnes.
Photo courtesy of Ecologi and Eden Reforestation Projects
In January 2022 we signed up to the Ecologi climate positive workforce programme with a commitment to offset 22 tonnes of CO2 emissions in 2022 and to plant 300 trees throughout the year. This commitment will offset the carbon footprint for Agento Digital as a business and for each employee as an individual during 2022. We will monitor and update our commitment as required during 2022.
To cover previous years (2017 to 2021), we have offset 20 tonnes CO2 emissions against the business footprint and have planted 1,000 trees.
Our commitment to carbon reduction is two-fold. We offset by supporting global climate projects that have been measured to make carbon reductions, such as wind farms generating clean energy. And we invest in the future by planting trees now, around the world and in the UK, creating employment and restoring wildlife habitats. We support Eden Reforestation Projects and other projects certified by Gold Standard. All our supported projects contribute impacts toward the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Follow our progress on the Agento Digital Ecologi profile.
We have planted 100 trees on behalf of each of our clients and will plant 100 trees for every new Govintranet subscription.
Our goal by the end of 2022 is to achieve a total of 3,400 trees planted and 42 tonnes carbon reduction.
There is more to do than simply offsetting. We will continue to take steps to reduce our impact on climate change and the environment. We plan to:
- Research green web hosting companies
- Encourage suppliers to become carbon neutral
- Move to green energy suppliers for home working