We at Gaia believe that the green transition is one of the most important and society shaping phenomena of our time. It is the responsibility of each of us to do our best that our planet and society can continue to thrive in the future.
Gaia has chosen to be not only a climate-neutral but a climate-positive company for 10 years. We are committed to compensating our climate emissions by 200% from 2012, which means our impact on the climate is positive. To be able to offset our emissions, we calculate them every year. For 2021, our carbon footprint is 8tCO2e*.
In 2021 our carbon footprint consisted of procurement, work and business travel, remote work and other Scope 3 categories. The electricity purchased by our office comes from renewable sources, which is why our Scope 2 category market-based emissions are 0. Gaia’s operations also do not generate direct Scope 1 category emissions.
“It is important that we set an example with our own operations and compensate for the emissions that arise from our operations. Our compensation object, which complies with the Gold Standard classification, was selected according to the fact that, in accordance with our strategy, it has a positive effect on activities against climate, biodiversity and resource crises,” says Gaia’s Managing Director, Maria Sangder.
We have compensated for the carbon footprint we caused this year through the Planting Biodiverse Forests in Panama project. The project provides long-term and responsible employment for the local population in Panama. So far, the employees have planted a total of more than 7.5 million saplings of 20 different tree species. The planted trees form a carbon sink and thus help in the fight against climate change. In the protected area, 15 different animal species that need to be watched or endangered have also been found. The project therefore also supports the preservation of biodiversity.
*The figure includes Gaia Consulting Oy’s carbon footprint. Gaia is part of Sweco, which reports its own footprint separately.