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Climate Neutral Certified Label

category

Software + Tech

first certified

2020

current certification year

2023

About Climate Neutral Certification

Wherever you see the Climate Neutral Certified label, it means the company is accountable for its greenhouse gas emissions. To earn the label, a company must annually measure cradle-to-customer emissions, implement specific action plans to reduce emissions, and invest in high quality, verified carbon credits.

The certification requirements are detailed in the rigorous, peer-reviewed Climate Neutral Certified Standard. Each company’s application is reviewed for compliance by Change Climate’s certification team.

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Emissions

Kickstarter's emissions inventory uses a mix of spend- and activity-based data. Kickstarter attests to the accuracy of their data inputs and the Change Climate team reviews the submission for compliance with our Standard.

559 tCO2e

Roughly equal to driving 125 gas-powered cars for one year

02

Reduction Plans

Kickstarter has adopted near-term action plans to reduce GHG emissions within the next 12-24 months.

Active

Source of emissions

Software and servers

Action

We will transition our data servers from Amazon AWS East (fossil fuels) to AWS West (hydroelectric).

Status

Newly set

Complete By

Q4 2021

Scope

Scope 3

Source of emissions

Energy at offices or controlled facilities

Action

We plan to reduce our Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions in their entirety by eliminating our physical office and transitioning to a fully remote ...read more

Status

In progress

Complete By

Q4 2022

Scope

Scope 1

Source of emissions

Energy at offices or controlled facilities

Action

Eliminate natural gas usage at owned facilities.

Status

Newly set

Complete By

Q4 2023

Scope

Scope 1

Source of emissions

Use phase emissions

Action

Implement updated environmental commitment measures for creators on Kickstarter to reduce the carbon footprint of their projects

Status

Newly set

Complete By

Q3 2023

Scope

Not covered by Climate Neutral

Source of emissions

Capital expenditures

Action

Implement a policy to extend the lifespan of laptops by 50% from 2 to 3 years in all departments.

Status

Newly set

Complete By

Q1 2025

Scope

Scope 3

Source of emissions

Software and servers

Action

Implement server efficiency measures to reduce energy consumption through improvements in data processing and delivery in our databases. The ...read more

Status

Newly set

Complete By

Q2 2025

Scope

Scope 3

Completed

Source of emissions

Employee commuting

Action

We will formalize a long term set of practices and policies that support employees in working from home more often.

Status

Completed

Complete By

Q4 2021

Scope

Scope 3

Source of emissions

Business travel

Action

We will implement guidance and policies for reducing carbon emissions from business travel.

Status

Completed

Complete By

Q3 2022

Scope

Scope 3

Source of emissions

Energy at offices or controlled facilities

Action

Reduce overall energy emissions from HQ by transitioning Kickstarter HQ to fully renewable energy.

Status

Completed

Complete By

Q1 2020

Scope

Scope 2

Source of emissions

Software and servers

Action

Reduce overall scope 3 emissions

Status

Completed

Complete By

Q3 2020

Scope

Scope 3

Source of emissions

Business travel

Action

Reduce flight-based business travel for all employees by implementing a policy to encourage the use of the train whenever possible for busin ...read more

Status

Completed

Complete By

Q3 2023

Scope

Scope 3

Emissions reduction targets

Kickstarter has set a long-term commitment aligned with climate science.

Completed

Target

We commit to reducing 2021 Scope 1 and 2 emissions 50% by 2030.

03

Compensation

Kickstarter addressed last year’s emissions by buying and retiring an equal amount of high quality, verified carbon and clean energy credits.

Emissions accounted for

559 tCO2e

Roughly equal to keeping 626,080 pounds of carbon in the ground

Total investment

$10,664

Project types

Landfill gas

Type

Landfill gas

Description

Projects that capture methane gas from landfills to reduce emissions. The gas is then used to power local homes, providing a reliable local ...read more

Afforestation

Type

Afforestation

Description

Projects that rebuild degraded or deforested ecosystems.

Improved forest management

Type

Improved forest management

Description

Projects focused on developing sustainable management and harvesting practices in forest ecosystems.

Mineralization

Type

Mineralization

Description

Projects that convert carbon dioxide into a solid form that can be stored deep underground.

Kickstarter is committed to limit its environmental impact within and outside our walls. When we reincorporated as a Public Benefit Corporation in 2015, we formalized environmental stewardship as part of our legal obligations as a company. We believe it is our responsibility and commitment to invest in green infrastructure, support green commuting methods, and factor environmental impact when choosing vendors. Additionally, we've committed to providing recommendations and resources that help creators make environmentally conscious decisions on tasks, like shipping and packaging, that are common to the use of its services. When Climate Neutral started in 2019 by two Kickstarter funded companies, we were excited to join the effort and commit to being climate neutral immediately. We have also worked with the Environmental Defense Fund to build tools for creators on Kickstarter to make their own environmental commitments. We view our position as a well known brand and as a platform as a powerful lever for leading on climate and sustainability.

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