Ralf Steinemann, CEO of iTernity, explains: "We are completely offsetting our CO2 footprint from 2020 and want to repeat this step every year from now on in order to operate in a climate-neutral manner. As iTernity, we are well positioned, but have already found improvements for the future when calculating our footprint. We want and need to continue to raise this awareness."
iTernity’s total CO2 consumption in 2020 was 18,910 kg CO2. To compensate for inaccuracies and fluctuations, a 5% markup was applied, bringing the total emissions to 19,856 kg CO2. According to the EcoCockpit calculator of the Effizienz-Agentur NRW, this corresponds to a forest area of approximately three soccer fields or 1,986 trees.
From now on, iTernity wants to calculate and compensate this CO2 footprint annually. With a payment of €195 per ton of CO2, iTernity is following the recommendation of the German Federal Environment Agency and is thus well above the CO2 price recommended by compensation providers. For 2020, this results in an offset contribution of €3,871.92. With the rounded-up amount of €4,000, the software manufacturer supports one global and one regional climate protection project:
- 3,000€ will go to an Atmosfair project that will enable a 2.9 megawatt solar installation on Madagascar, replacing the burning of 1,300,000 liters of heavy oil per year.
- 1,000€ goes to the NatureOffice DeutschlandPlus project, which implements various activities for reforestation, biotope maintenance, rewetting of raised bogs and forest maintenance in the Black Forest.
iTernity’s work is designed for longevity, as it involves securing corporate data for decades. The software vendor’s mission is to bring business-critical data securely into the future. According to CEO Ralf Steinemann, this mission is now to be carried forward, so that an intensive understanding of sustainability is firmly anchored in the company’s business activities. "In addition to avoidance and reduction, the compensation of CO2 emissions is an important step towards more climate protection," emphasizes Ralf Steinemann.
iTernity develops solutions for the long-term availability and integrity of business-critical data. In 2004, the company – headquartered in Freiburg, Germany – specialized in software-defined archiving. Today, iTernity is a leading provider of and a worldwide HPE partner in archiving, backup storage, and cost-efficient long-term retention.
Customers rely on iTernity to address their critical IT challenges, such as data growth, compliance with strict regulations, privacy, protection against cyber-attacks, cost pressure and lack of IT resources. iTernity helps companies meet compliance requirements and secures all kinds of data in a future-proof, efficient and scalable way.
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