Too Good To Go
- Food and Beverage
- Scope 1 and 2 Accounting
- Scope 3 Accounting
- Reductions and Offset Marketplace
Social impact company Too Good To Go achieves carbon neutrality
Since 2015, social impact company Too Good To Go has been building a movement to minimize food waste through an online marketplace and mobile app. In 17 countries worldwide, the company connects consumers to restaurants, supermarkets, bakeries, and wholesalers with surplus food. Users buy surplus food items at a discount, which helps local businesses minimize losses and reduce waste.
To date, Too Good To Go has saved over 135 million meals. Additionally, the company advocates for smart, food-centric legislation, educates the public, and builds awareness-raising campaigns that influence consumers and businesses to take action to avoid food waste.
As a certified B corporation and social impact company, Too Good To Go is committed to giving more to the planet than it takes. While the company’s business model already has a positive sustainable impact, Too Good To Go wanted to do more. As a first step in its journey toward carbon neutrality, Too Good To Go partnered with OneTrust to gain visibility into carbon emissions across its operations and identify opportunities for long-term reduction, avoidance, and offsetting.
- Calculated carbon footprint of 2,475 t CO2e for 2020 and 9,612.59 t CO2e for 2021
- Achieved carbon neutrality for 2020-2021 by offsetting 14,157 t CO2e through four climate action projects
We know that we all have a responsibility to tackle climate change, and every person can make a difference but we, as businesses, need to lead by example. This is why we've committed to being carbon neutral from 2020 onwards.Philippe SchulerToo Good To Go Global Impact Manager
Phase 1: Analyzing Too Good To Go’s carbon footprint
To calculate Too Good To Go’s carbon footprint, OneTrust looked at all relevant activities across the company’s locations. This includes direct and energy-related emissions (Scope 1 & 2), as well as indirect emissions caused by external service providers (Scope 3). For 2020, the footprint was 2,475 t CO2e, and, for 2021, it was 9,612.59 t CO2e.
The largest share of Too Good To Go’s carbon footprint stems from the company’s procurement process, including external services, external IT infrastructure, consumables, and equipment. Employee emissions from activities like commuting or teleworking are the second-largest contributor.
In 2021, Too Good To Go’s total carbon footprint was:
Total carbon emissions: 9,612.59 t CO2e
- Scope 1 emissions: 9,442.93 t C02e
- Scope 2 emissions: 133.24 t C02e
- Scope 3 emissions: 36.24 t C02e
Phase 2: How Too Good To Go is reducing emissions
Since its founding, Too Good To Go has saved more than 135 meals globally, eliminating the carbon emissions that would otherwise have been generated. To further advance its impact, the company also works with government agencies, businesses, households, and educational institutions in its mission to fight food waste. Additional reduction measures Too Good To Go has implemented include a recycling system across a number of office locations, vegan meals in cafeterias, and using second-hand furniture in its offices.
Phase 3: Too Good To Go offsets remaining emissions
While reduction and avoidance are key for any journey to carbon neutrality, emissions cannot be fully avoided in some areas. For that reason, Too Good To Go decided to offset their carbon footprint for 2020 and 2021 by supporting certified climate action projects designed to reduce or eliminate greenhouse gas emissions. These include:
- (Peru) A project to protect the Amazonian rainforest and provide local communities with training in sustainable agriculture methods.
- (India) A renewable energy (solar) project to provide additional renewable energy to India’s power grid.
- (Malawi) A project to provide access to clean cooking technology, such as efficient cookstoves.
- (Turkey) A wind power project to promote low-cost, clean energy and reduces emissions via the wind farm.
By partnering with OneTrust, Too Good To Go achieved the following results:
- Gained an accurate picture of carbon footprint and emission reduction opportunities
- Offset more than 100% of its 2020-2021 carbon emissions through four certified climate action projects that had the following outcomes:
- A reduction in deforestation and forest degradation led to an annual reduction in emissions of 515,268 t CO2e in Peru
- An installed capacity of 400 MW solar electricity provides renewable energy to the local electricity grid, generating annual emissions reductions of 659,000 t CO2e in India
- Delivery of clean cooking stoves to 600,00 homes and 1300 institutions decreases wood fuel usage in home cooking by up to 80% in Malawi
- A total installed capacity of 172 MW in wind energy generates 395,577 Mwh annually and reduces emissions by roughly 236,000 t CO2e annually in Turkey
In the future, Too Good To Go is planning to implement new travel and office space policies designed to reduce emissions, as informed by the OneTrust analysis. Too Good To Go and companies like it understand that climate leadership is an essential part of building trust. It takes commitment, collaboration, consistency, and transparency, but companies that succeed will reap the business benefits that come with being more attractive to stakeholders. Too Good To Go successfully achieved its goal of becoming a carbon-neutral organization, but the company also understands that it’s a continuous process. As such, Too Good To Go will continue partnering with OneTrust to further optimize and refine its long-term carbon measurement and decarbonization strategy.
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