Como nos tornamos neutros em carbono

Para continuar em frente, olhamos para as pegadas que deixamos para trás

Começando de novo

O conceito de mudanças climáticas evoluiu para uma emergência, e acreditamos que a saúde do nosso planeta é responsabilidade de todos, como empresas ou cidadãos. Em 2019, compensamos todos os gases de efeito estufa (GEE) emitidos como resultado de nossas operações desde a fundação da Adyen em 2006.

Estamos totalmente comprometidos com a redução de nossas emissões de GEE nos próximos anos e percebemos que compensar é apenas o começo.

O que fizemos até agora

Em parceria com a South Pole, conduzimos uma auditoria de gases de efeito estufa em toda a organização para nos dar uma compreensão clara da tarefa em questã. A orientação especializada da South Pole nos ajudou a definir nossa abordagem de compensação.

Estamos orgulhosos de dizer que somos uma empresa neutra para o clima. Todas as nossas fontes de emissão de materiais são cobertas, desde as transações realizadas em nossa plataforma até os voos que fazemos como funcionários da Adyen e a energia que os nossos data centers usam.

tCO2e de resíduos orgânicos evitados no projeto Vietstar Waste Treatment, de tratamento de resíduos

hectares de floresta amazônica preservadas com o projeto Jacundá

vagas de emprego criadas no projeto de energia solar Luz del Norte

de energia eólica gerada pelo projeto Mytrah como resultado da nossa contribuição

Tornando-se neutro em carbono

Alcançamos o status de carbono neutro compensando nossa pegada ambiental por meio de créditos de carbono, que financiam diretamente projetos de ação climática. Nossa pegada ambiental é calculada de acordo com o GHG Protocol e está em conformidade com o rótulo de Neutro Climático da South Pole.

Todas as fontes de emissão de materiais são cobertas. As emissões dos Escopos 1 e 2 são calculadas usando dados de nossos escritórios em todo o mundo, refletindo como aquecemos e refrigeramos nossos escritórios junto com a eletricidade que usamos. As emissões do Escopo 3 são calculadas com base na quilometragem (viagens aéreas, transporte terrestre), uso de energia do data center, duração da estadia no hotel, gastos com bens adquiridos e atividades terceirizadas. Para ultrapassar os limites, decidimos estender o Escopo 3 com o uso de energia de nossos produtos: as transações que os clientes de nossos comerciantes realizam em terminais POS, pagamentos online e móveis.

Variando da energia usada para carregar nossos computadores, até as milhas que viajamos ao visitar nossos comerciantes ou outros escritórios - todas as fontes de emissão de materiais estão cobertas. A neutralidade de carbono foi alcançada medindo nossa pegada de gases de efeito estufa e compensando por meio de créditos de carbono, para então atingir emissão líquida igual a zero.

Agora que temos essas percepções valiosas, estamos comprometidos em reduzir nossas emissões de gases de efeito estufa (GEE) e compensar aquelas que ainda não podemos eliminar.

A medida para as nossas emissões de gases de efeito estufa é em toneladas de Dióxido de Carbono Equivalentes (tCO2e) - cobrindo os seis gases de efeito estufa definidos no Protocolo de Quioto pela Convenção-Quadro das Nações Unidas sobre Mudança do Clima. Esses seis gases são: dióxido de carbono (CO2); metano (CH4); óxido nitroso (N2O); hidrofluorcarbonos (HFCs); perufluorocarbonos (PFCs); e hexafluoreto de enxofre (SF6).

Scope 1: 223.62 tCO2e

These are emissions from sources owned or controlled by us – such as gases used to heat our offices

Scope 2: 2,341.30 tCO2e

Scope 2 emissions cover indirect emissions, such as purchased electricity for our buildings. To make it tangible: when charging your phone at one of our offices, these emissions tie into scope 2

Scope 3: 6,064.85 tCO2e

These emissions stem from activities that are not directly owned or controlled by Adyen - think of air travel and hotel stay duration

COVID-19 impacting our environmental footprint

During years less challenging than 2020, a significant percentage of our emissions stem from keeping our offices running and traveling to visit our merchants and the team across continents. However, due to the pandemic, we reduced our overall tCO2e as reflected in the numbers above. When gathering these results, we decided to include an estimation of increased CO2 emissions coming from our employees’ homes in 2020 and added that to our Scope 3 emissions. As such, we remain a carbon neutral company by offsetting all emissions from our business operations, including the impact of enhanced energy use in home offices. 

Investing in carbon reduction projects

Through investing in sustainable energy projects, we offset our GHG emissions. Our GHG compensation investments resulted in the prevention of millions of tonnes of CO2 being released into the atmosphere. In addition to the positive environmental impact these projects have, we opted for projects touching upon a wide spread of the United Nations’ SDGs – underscoring that we care about all of these. All projects invested in were carefully selected based on the synergies they create between generating renewable energy, reforestation, wildlife protection and advancing socio-economic wellbeing for local communities. This, we believe, fosters true sustainability.

TIST Program
Empowering subsistence farmers in Uganda

Farming for the survival of an individual or family, also known as subsistence farming, is commonplace throughout the majority of rural communities in Uganda. Via education-focused projects, the International Small Group and Tree Planting Program (TIST) aims to break the cycle of deforestation, drought, famine, and poverty by empowering populations reliant on subsistence farming via education-focused projects. These projects empower and train local farmers in their reforestation and agricultural efforts — for example, by educating on how to plant trees for maximum protection from runoff and erosion, and simultaneously conserve water and stabilise soil to increase crop yields. In terms of building sustainable livelihoods, participants in the TIST Program receive stipends from the sale of carbon credits based on the GHG benefits created by their efforts.

Kariba
Reforestation and wildlife protection on the shores of Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe

The Kariba project protects forests and wildlife in four national parks around the shores of the Zimbabwean Lake Kariba, conserving what is left of Zimbabwe’s majestic forests after decades of political and economic turbulence. A biodiversity corridor that protects an expansive forest and numerous vulnerable and endangered species is constructed. The project also supports regional sustainable development and promotes the independence of local communities by providing healthcare, clean drinking water and education on project-related activities such as agricultural practice, beekeeping, and borehole maintenance. The project further strives to improve gender equality, with over 40% of partakers in Kariba’s training programs being female.

Offsetting carbon emissions since foundation

In 2019, we compensated for all greenhouse gases emitted in our operations since our foundation in 2006. We did this by purchasing credits from third-party verified emissions reduction projects - also known as “carbon offsets”. These projects focus on reforestation, generating solar energy and the capturing of methane gases from landfills so they don’t enter the atmosphere. This is just the first step. Like the meaning of our name in Surinamese, we’re starting over.

Jacundá
Rainforest conservation and wildlife protection in Jacundá, Brazil

The Jacundá project protects 35,000 hectares of the Amazon’s native rainforest and established over 95,000 ha of the Amazon as protected lands. Additionally, workshops on biodiversity monitoring enable local communities to establish a supply chain of non-timber products such as acai and Brazil nuts. This non-timber supply chain directly contributes to the prevention of CO2 being released into the atmosphere and thereby conserves the native forest ecosystems. With 130 residents working in the project and the organization of workshops on health and family planning, the project adds to the overall wellbeing and economic growth of the community of Jacundá.
 

Luz del Norte
Generating solar energy in Northern Chile

Reaping the benefits of Northern Chile’s abundant sunshine, the Luz del Norte Solar Park generates solar energy and transmits it to the central Chilean energy grid, replacing fossil fuel-generated power with a clean alternative. Besides that, the Luz del Norte project employs over 350 – thus improving local economic activity.
 

Mytrah
Wind energy in Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Telangana, India

The wind energy project Mytrah replaces fossil-fuel-fired electricity with electricity generated from wind farms on the Indian grid. The wind energy is generated across several wind farms and supports local communities by providing employment, access to clean drinking water and education. The Mytrah project also strives to improve gender equality by educating women and girls on gender rights and personal health. Adyen’s contribution resulted in the generation of 2 megawatts of wind energy.
 

Vietstar
Sustainable waste treatment in Củ Chi, Vietnam

Sustainable waste treatment and composting avoid large scale methane emissions in the Vietstar waste treatment project. As a result of our investment, the disposal of 30,824 tCO2e of organic waste was prevented and hundreds of jobs were created in operating the waste treatment plant. Moreover, the waste treatment and composting produces sustainable compost - which is distributed among local farmers, enhancing the quality of local sustainability and agriculture practices.
 

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