First, we needed to understand the industry standard approach to carbon footprinting. We discussed the process with several third party consultancies, certification companies, and did a bunch of our own research, we decided to base our math on the GHG Protocol.
The GHG Protocol consists of "Scopes", each of which has multiple sub categories. In order to calculate our current carbon footprint, we looked into the emission categories within Scope 1, Scope 2, and Scope 3.
We had calls with several third party consultancies, certification companies, and companies selling software tools that could help us collect our carbon emission data, provide analysis, recommend offsets to purchase, and become carbon neutral certified. The services were either too expensive for a studio of our size or not quite what we were looking for, and most of the software tools were in their beta testing phase. Additionally, a lot of the data we would have to provide anyway, so we decided to learn the process first hand.
Fortunately, a business like our is relatively straight forward to calculate: at the end of the day, Sanctuary Computer is a room of desks and monitors. We don't have any complex products that need LCA studies done, and our supply chain is relatively straight forward.
That's not to say it's easy. In order to get accurate numbers for each of our categories, we had to piece together a variety of calculators, datasets and spreadsheets from trusted sourced all over the internet. To make it easy for our peers to do the same, we've put together this spreadsheet. Please reach out to us if you have suggestions, or would like a hand doing this for your studio!
|Studio Electricity||2,502.16 kg CO2e|
|Cloud Computing & Web Hosting||11,263.29 kg CO2e|
|Data Transfer at the Edge||36,707.9812 kg CO2e|
|Laptops||839.19 kg CO2e|
|Privately Owned Vehicles||252.10 kg CO2e|
|Employee Commuting||12.8 kg CO2e|
|Electricity for Commuting||12.8 kg CO2e|
|Business Travel Vehicles||902 kg CO2e|
|Business Travel Flights||60,667 kg CO2e|
|Miscellaneous||15,140.00 kg CO2e|
|Total Scope 3 Emissions||79,007.48 kg CO2e|
Going to all of this effort without preparing a clear plan to reduce emissions overall is a pointless endeavor. The long term health of our planet requires a reduction in emissions, which can't be achieved if we simply meet the status quo each year.
When performing these studies, we assessed each category, and tried to see if we could do better. We were surprised! We found a bunch of places we could lower our emissions simply by choosing a different provider, or doing a little leg work to set up better systems.
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