Green Web Hosting Carbon Offset Program 2021

Introducing the new Carbon Report for Green Web Hosting

A woman icon measuring the carbon footprint for a green web host network user with their team

When we started Green Web Hosting as a passion project of our ethical digital marketing firm, we began a journey that has seen us make a tangible difference to the environment.

As part of our green promise, we have planted over 1,167 native trees and shrubs in Australia with our partner Carbon Neutral. Our vision is to plant over 10,000 in the next few years.

In addition, we donate 1% of our revenue to environmental causes, which as part of our 1% for the Planet commitment has meant funding solar power for schools in remote communities with the Its Time Foundation.

In 2022, we are taking this one step further by becoming the first web host in Australia to provide web hosting clients with a carbon report card.

This annual report card allows you to see how much of an impact you had over the year and allows you to compare yourself from the average of the network.

In 2021, the average carbon footprint per user was 213 kilograms of CO2. That’s equivalent to over 25,000 smartphones being charged or over 850 kilometers travelled in a petrol car.

Do you offset the carbon footprint amount I have contributed?

If you host with us, your estimated carbon footprint has been calculated based on your site’s actual page views data.

We use the data that includes bots and crawlers because we are all about going above and beyond.

That means, your footprint may be higher than you expected.

The good news is that we will offset that equivalent amount for you as part of our carbon offset program.

What offset programs can I vote for?

This year, we have selected three carbon offset programs that you and others in our Green Web Host network can vote on:

Project 1: Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve Project – Indonesia

This environmental project aims to:

  • Protect 65,000 hectares of tropical forest, home to rare species including endangered orangutans.
  • Reduce the pressure or risk of destruction from the palm oil industry.
  • Harness a global carbon market to compete with agricultural interests and provide social and environmental benefits to the community.
  • Help provide clean drinking water to communities.
  • Support equal job opportunities.
  • Conserve a tropical forest in Borneo with social, economic, educational, and healthcare benefits.
  • Protect the integrity of the world-renowned Tanjung Puting National Park by creating a buffer zone across the east side of the park.

The Rimba Raya project has verified contributions to all 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

More info: Project factsheet

Project 2: SB Energy Solar Power Projects – India

This solar project aims to:

  • Provide clean energy for three states of India and its local areas such as Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan and Kamataka.
  • Involve and support a total capacity of 2,250 MW of energy.
  • During the 10 years of the first crediting period, the project will displace greenhouse gas emissions of approximately 4,354,646 tCO2e per year.
  • Support the growth of clean energy and technology.
  • Help towards the demand-supply gap of electricity in the region which has been heavily reliant on fossil fuel.
  • Help generate employment opportunities during construction and operation phases.
  • Promote economic viability for improved local power generation accessibility.
  • Encourage other entrepreneurs to participate in like-minded projects.

The SB Energy Solar Power project contributes to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of climate action.

More info: Project factsheet

Project 3:  Fortaleza Ituxi Project – Amazon Rainforest Brazil

This environmental project aims to:

  • Avoid deforestation which is known to attribute to 20% of global warming.
  • Allow the landowner to improve surveillance in the project area.
  • Prevent land-grabbing and harmful cattle ranching leading to greater loss of forest.
  • Support carbon financing and financial streams for land management.
  • Establishing a seedling nursery with the capacity of producing 50,000 native species per year.
  • Train and support local farmers in appropriate cattle and forest management practices.
  • Provide technical education, labour conditions, and health insurance plans for workers.
  • Encourage attendance for young children at schools.

The Fortaleza Ituxi Project contributes to four United Nations Sustainable Development goals including good health and wellbeing, decent work and economic growth, climate action, and life on land.

More info: Project factsheet

How many tonnes of carbon will you offset this year?

For the 2021 period, we will need to offset 17 tonnes of CO2 based on our and our client’s usage.

Will you be funding Australian projects also?

We already plant native trees and shrubs in Australia, so we look at the merits of clean and sustainable programs close to home and across our seas.

When you consider Australia as a large exporter of fossil fuels overseas, it is important that we also encourage other markets to invest in clean energy to play our part.

How do I vote for the carbon offset program?

If you are an existing Green Web Host client who has an active plan and website plan with us, you would have received your annual carbon report.

In this report, you are provided with a link to vote.

If you have not received your report or can’t find the link, please contact our digital services team.


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