Fast Facts


Customer Name

Exasol

Size

Enterprise

Industry

  • Technology

Region

  • Global

Key Regulations

Products

  • Scope 1 and 2 Accounting
  • Scope 3 Accounting
  • Reductions and Offset Marketplace

How Exasol is making analytics carbon-neutral


Exasol was founded in Germany in 2000 with a vision to transform how organizations use data. Today, Exasol’s analytics database is trusted by more than 200 customers across 30+ countries. With offices across the US and Europe, the company is committed to delivering flexible, scalable, and powerful analytics solutions to customers wherever they are – in the cloud (public or private) or on-premises.

 

Business goal

Exasol’s vision is to be the analytics platform trusted by the world’s most ambitious organizations. This includes constantly improving performance around environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues. For its environmental commitment, the company focuses on protecting the planet by reducing its carbon footprint. An internal “green team,” established by employees and led by Exasol’s Environmental Officer, acts as a task force to drive change across the business. To accelerate its journey toward carbon neutrality, the company’s green team partnered with OneTrust to analyze, reduce, and offset its carbon footprint to accelerate.

Key results

  • Calculated a total carbon footprint of 1,319.7 t CO2e for 2020
  • Achieved carbon neutrality for 2020 by offsetting 1,452 t CO2e through three certified climate projects (analysis period 2019 onwards)

At Exasol, we transform the way people use data, and we believe in doing the right thing. That means being creative and forward-thinking in how we develop our product and engage with the communities where we operate. We want to have a positive, sustainable impact, so we aim for the highest standards, both as professionals and as responsible global citizens.

Thomas Otto
Exasol Environmental Officer & Head of Customer Success Management

Solution approach

Phase 1: Analyzing Exasol’s carbon footprint

To calculate Exasol’s carbon footprint, OneTrust looked at direct and energy-related emissions (Scope 1 and 2) as well as emissions generated in the value chain by service providers and purchased products and services (Scope 3), aligning with the GHG Protocol standard. The majority of Exasol’s emissions are caused by business travel, employee commuting, home office, and the vehicle fleet. The second largest share of the carbon footprint is caused by external services including consulting, marketing, and IT. Another emission driver is office operations, including heating and electricity consumption, office materials, and equipment.

In total, Exasol’s carbon footprint in 2020 amounted to: 

1,319.7 t CO2e total carbon emissions

  • 16.4 t CO2e Scope 1 emissions
  • 39.3 t CO2e Scope 2 emissions
  • 1,264 t CO2e Scope 3 emissions

 

Exasol Employees chatting while looking at a laptop.

 

Phase 2: Reducing emissions

The green team led the development of Exasol’s Environmental Policy, which outlines the company’s commitment to sustainability and its carbon footprint reduction plan. This policy aims to change long-term behavior across the company, to sustainably reduce Exasol’s carbon footprint. This includes looking for carbon reduction opportunities in areas such as business travel, office operations, and procurement, as well as educating and challenging employees to act more sustainably. Exasol also runs some of its offices and servers on renewable energy and plans to continue shifting its operations to more sustainable suppliers.

 

Phase 3: Offsetting emissions

While reducing its carbon footprint is a key element of Exasol’s Environmental Policy, some emissions are unavoidable. The company decided to offset those emissions by supporting three REDD+ climate action projects. REDD+ stands for “Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation.” These United Nations projects pursue long-term strategies to address the causes of deforestation and forest degradation. Exasol’s green team felt that the REDD+ projects would have the most direct impact on reducing carbon.  

The projects include: 

  • (Indonesia) A project to protect 64,500 hectares of peat swamp forest in Borneo from being converted to palm oil plantations 
  • (Peru) A project to protect 182,000 hectares of rainforest from deforestation through voluntary agreements with local communities 
  • (Cambodia) A project to protect 497,000 hectares of tropical rainforest from poaching and illegal logging through partnership with 15 villages 

All projects are certified according to the highest standards, including the Voluntary Carbon Standard (VCS). 

Value realized

By partnering with OneTrust, Exasol achieved the following results: 

  • Gained an accurate picture of its 2020 carbon footprint totaling 1,319.7 t CO2e  
  • Offset 1,452 t CO2e – more than 100% of total emissions during the analysis period – by supporting three certified climate action projects that had the following outcomes: 
    • Prevented the release of 3.5 million metric tons of CO2e into the atmosphere annually in Borneo and trained communities in sustainable agriculture, biodiversity, and wildlife habitat 
    • Halted the annual deforestation of 4,000 hectares in the Peruvian Andes, one of the Amazon’s most threatened ecosystems 
    • Prevented the release of more than 3.8 million metric tons of CO2e annually in Cambodia 

Looking ahead

Exasol and companies like it understand that climate leadership is an essential part of building trust. It takes commitment, collaboration, consistency, and transparency, but it’s worth it. Those that do reap the business benefits that come with being more attractive to stakeholders. Exasol successfully offset its 2020 carbon footprint with high-quality climate action projects. Moving forward, the company’s green team is implementing an Environmental Management System to track the impact of their work and surface additional carbon reduction opportunities. The team’s work will focus on encouraging long-term behavior change, so Exasol can make a positive contribution to protecting our planet.   

 

The OneTrust ESG & Sustainability Cloud helps companies like Exasol gain critical insights into where carbon emissions are generated throughout the value chain, making it easier to pinpoint hotspots for reduction. The ESG Cloud not only provides a GHG Protocol compliant overview of scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions, it also offers a path for clear target setting, automated reporting, and transparent benchmarking.    

Part of the Trust Intelligence Platform™ from OneTrust, it unifies and delivers visibility across four trust domain areas, action based on AI and regulatory intelligence, and automation to build trust by design. Empower your organization to drive change, demonstrate impact, and put trust at the center of your operations. 

 

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