Is your website CO₂ neutral?

Is your website CO₂ neutral?

Blog
15 Oct 2018

Climate change. If you just look at natural phenomena such as Typhoon Mangkhut in Hong Kong in the summer, you will see that the climate is adrift. Even the judge recently ruled that the government must do more to combat climate change. More and more companies are trying to become greener and more energy neutral. But what we often forget is that the website we have saved is on servers that need energy. We explain how you can deal with this.

Calculate your carbon footprint

But how much CO₂ emissions do I have now? That is a question we receive from many customers. We therefore always start with a baseline measurement and then measure the CO₂ footprint. Calculating your own CO₂ footprint can be done easily in many places. For example via climateplein.com for entrepreneurs, for consumers via Milieu Centraal or on our own website.

Your website is CO₂ neutral

The disadvantage of those calculators is that they do not take factors such as your website into account. Why not, you may ask? Honestly, because you don’t emit that much CO₂ for an individual website. With shared hosting such as Mijndomein offers, your website is on a server with other sites. The servers are used as optimally as possible, so that as little energy as possible is required. If you convert it to euros, it might cost a few euros per year.

So it doesn’t seem too bad, but if you add all those small websites together, you end up with much higher CO₂ emissions. Mijndomein alone runs around 150,000 websites. And soon, using the internet will probably be worse than flying. In the context of ‘every little bit helps’, we can all do something here.

What can you do to emit less CO₂?

The best way to make your website CO₂ neutral is to emit less CO₂. That is by far the best way to combat climate change as much as possible. You can think of:

Tip 1: Switch to green energy.
Make sure you check carefully whether you are really getting green electricity and not fraudulent electricity.

Tip 2: Reduce your website
The larger your website is, the more MBs have to be loaded, the more energy it costs and therefore more CO₂ emissions. See if you can shrink it. Perhaps this can be done by using a different template or go through your website with the cleaning brush. Also make sure the images you post are as small as possible with free online tools like TinyPNG.

Tip 3: Turn off your computer
Don’t leave your computer (and other devices) on standby. Turn it off completely if you are not using it for a long time.

Tip 4: Turn off your screen
If you do not use your screen or set a screen saver that comes on after x minutes.

Emissions less is therefore good, but residual emissions often remain. Because you want to continue driving and your website must remain online. This means that you will always continue to emit CO₂. There is also a solution for residual emissions: you can offset your emissions so that you become completely CO₂ neutral.

Compensate your CO₂ emissions and combat poverty

You calculate how much you emit and then buy CO₂ credits with which you contribute to a better climate somewhere else in the world. Every measurably verified decrease of 1 ton of CO₂ in the atmosphere yields 1 CO₂ credit. At FairClimateFund, for example, we help people in developing countries to cook cleaner. We do this in a Fairtrade way where the proceeds from the sale of the CO₂ credits go 100% to the project itself and that is rare in the CO₂ market. A great way to offset CO₂ emissions.

Together we invest in better wood ovens in India

If you have a website with Mijndomein, then I have good news. Mijndomein makes your website CO₂ neutral. This way you don’t have to worry about how green your website is. With the support of Mijndomein, FairClimateFund provides more efficient cookstoves to many households in India. Better for cooking and it also reduces CO₂ emissions. Mijndomein not only compensates websites, but also private lease cars.