We believe climate change is everyone's business and Vialog is proud to be taking concrete steps to protect our environment. As part of our core company values, we voluntarily offset our greenhouse gas emissions making Vialog a Net Zero emissions company since 2020. In an effort to go above and beyond, we have also started to offset employee emission and some of our third-party infrastructure greenhouse gas emissions in 2021. Last but not least, in April 2021 we have launched Vialog's one thread one tree program committing to plant one tree for each new discussion thread on Vialog.
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Greenhouse gas accounting framework
The Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG Protocol) is the most widespread standard to account for company emissions with more than 9 out of 10 Fortune 500 companies choosing the GHG protocol to report their emissions. Vialog also follows the GHG Protocol to account for its business-related emissions into the 3 scopes defined by the protocol:
Scope 1: Direct GHG emissions from sources that are owned or controlled by the company such as company vehicles and gas boilers. Scope 2: Indirect GHG emissions from the generation of purchased electricity consumed by the company. Scope 3: Indirect GHG emissions that are a consequence of company activity but occur from sources not owned or controlled by the company.
Offsetting company emissions
While we realise that Vialog still needs to emit some emissions to provide its services, we aim to reduce our business' carbon footprint as much as possible and voluntarily offset company emissions making Vialog a Net Zero company since 2020.
At the end of each year, we compute our company scope 1 and scope 2 carbon footprint (the greenhouse gas emissions which we have control over) according to the GHG Protocol and purchase the corresponding amount of offsets through a certified Gold Standard project.
The carbon credits we purchased have been transparently retired in Gold Standard's Impact Registry. Our contribution represents 4 tonnes of CO2 prevented from entering the atmosphere and verified benefits to local communities and ecosystems.
Gold Standard sets the standard for climate and development interventions to quantify, certify and maximise their impact -- creating value for people around the world and the planet we share.
Offsetting employee emissions
At Vialog we believe an organisation is only good as its people, so we have also chosen to make every Vialog employee climate positive by offsetting their entire carbon footprint inside and outside of work every year. This includes emissions from their home, personal travel, holidays, food, hobbies and more.
Specifically, Vialog uses Ecologi to make our workforce climate positive, planting 24 trees and removing 1.8 tonnes of CO2e every month.
View Vialog's Ecologi profile. So far they've offset 27.51 tonnes of CO2 and planted 736 trees!
Offsetting third-party infrastructure emissions
While companies can achieve Net Zero by solely offsetting their scope 1 and 2 emissions, Vialog goes a step further by also offsetting our scope 3 third-party infrastructure emissions. These are the estimated emissions from our cloud provider (Amazon Web Services) when customers and viewers around the world use the Vialog product.
All Vialog paid plans come with a Climate Positive Discussion promise where the carbon footprint of all discussion threads associated with a customer's account are offset at the end of each year. The carbon footprint of a given discussion thread Vialog is estimated using the following formula:
Discussion thread carbon footprint (kg CO2e) =
base + videos*Ev + views*Eswhere:
baseis the estimated carbon footprint of all cloud operations associated with the creation of a new discussion thread. [current estimate: 1.8 g CO2e per thread]
videosis the number of videos in a discussion thread.
Evis the estimated emission factor (carbon footprint) of creating and hosting a single video on our cloud infrastructure [current estimate: 3 g CO2e per video].
viewsis the total number of views across all videos in a discussion thread
Esis the estimated emission factor (carbon footprint) of streaming a 1-minute video from our cloud infrastructure [current estimate: 0.6 g CO2e per view].
Vialog's Climate impact, Sustainability and EDI monitoring and reports, commissioned by Innovate UK in 2021
As AWS targets to run its servers on 100% renewable energy by 2040, our formula is adjusted accordingly on a yearly basis.
🌱 One thread one tree program
In 2021, we have launched our one thread one tree programme, growing a Vialog forest by planting one tree for each discussion thread created on our platform including free trial accounts. This gesture symbolises our commitment to building a long-term and sustainable company which we hope will encourage our users and other companies to make sustainability a key priority in their lives moving forward.
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme through ARTICONF (825134) and STADIEM (951981) projects.
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