DSwiss has set itself the goal of reducing and double-balancing greenhouse gas emissions in all business areas.

This is why DSwiss is committed to climate protection

Following the Paris Agreement, 195 countries around the world have since ratified the international treaty, which, in addition to strengthening climate resilience and steering financial flows away from carbon-intensive investments, also sets the 1.5 degree target: The rise in the average global temperature must be slowed down and limited to a maximum of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels.

To reach the 1.5 degree target, global CO2 emissions must be halved every decade so that net greenhouse gas emissions reach zero between 2045 and 2060. This means that every year, greenhouse gas emissions must decrease by 7% so that glacier melting, the sea level rise and many other negative consequences of climate change can be stopped in the long term.

As an IT company, we at DSwiss believe we too have a responsibility to contribute to achieving these goals. On the one hand, we want to reduce the CO2 emissions we generate through our business activities. On the other hand, we want to offset the emissions generated by promoting CO2-reducing climate protection projects.

DSwiss is transparent

How DSwiss reduces CO2 emissions

DSwiss is an IT company and cloud provider that operates its own server infrastructure in various data centres. Electricity and IT equipment are therefore among the most significant items in our greenhouse gas footprint. This is where our main efforts to reduce CO2 emissions are therefore focused.

DSwiss data centres rely on hydropower

DSwiss data centres rely on hydropower

DSwiss operates three server infrastructures in two data centres in Switzerland, all of which draw their electricity from hydropower. Compared to conventional electricity, hydropower reduces CO2 emissions by 64%.

Office electricity from renewable sources

Office electricity from renewable sources

A good quarter of our electricity consumption is attributable to our offices in Zurich and Roveredo (Graubünden). To keep CO2 emissions low, we have been drawing our electricity from 100% certified natural power sources since 2022.

Commuting and business travel

Commuting and business travel

DSwiss has deliberately chosen an office location in Zurich with very good public transport connections, so that all employees have the opportunity to avoid commuting by car.

Car-Sharing for business trips

Car-Sharing for business trips

Instead of using our own company cars, we use the car-sharing service of the Mobility cooperative for our business trips to the data centres, and drive climate-neutrally thanks to the voluntary "Cause we care" initiative.

How DSwiss offsets greenhouse gas emissions

Since 2021, DSwiss has been offsetting the CO2 emissions generated by our business activities by financially supporting the carbon offset projects of the Myclimate foundation, designed to systematically, measurably and sustainably reduce CO2 emissions or even eliminate CO2 from the atmosphere. Myclimate uses eleven different carbon offset technologies for this purpose: sustainable waste management, the use of alternative biogas and biomass energy, the supply of efficient cookers in third-world households, improved energy efficiency, the provision of solar, hydropower and wind technologies, water purification and conservation, and sustainable land and forest use.

In addition to reducing the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere, the carbon offset projects of the Myclimate foundation pursue various UN sustainability goals (also known as Sustainable Development Goals or the 2030 Agenda). These goals include counteracting poverty, famine, improving access to health infrastructures, promoting gender equality, and many more.

Some of the climate protection projects we support

Biogas replaces firewood and artificial fertiliser in India+

MyClimate is building small biogas plants for 9,000 families in India. On the one hand, biogas replaces the need to burn wood for cooking. On the other hand, organic fertiliser is produced, which reduces the use of artificial fertilisers. By eliminating firewood, 6.5 tonnes of CO2 are avoided per biogas plant and year, and 3.7 tonnes of wood are spared. Soot is no longer produced in homes, which is especially good for the health of the women who cook. Moreover, the air quality in the surrounding areas is improved, which has benefited 50,000 people since the project began.

Compost avoids methane emissions in Bali+

In the climate protection project in Bali, organic waste is composted that would otherwise be disposed of in a landfill, emitting methane in the decomposition process. 85% of waste in the region consists of organic material and can be aerobically composted, thus avoiding the production of methane emissions. As of 2022, the project has collected over 125,000 tonnes of organic waste, producing 16,000 tonnes of compost which has replaced the use of artificial fertiliser. Almost 80,000 tonnes of CO2 have been avoided by the project so far. To put this into perspective, this corresponds to about 1,100 times the CO2 emissions generated by DSwiss in 2021.

Solar energy in Tanzania replaces paraffin lamps+

In Tanzania, many people live without reliable sources of electricity and use paraffin lamps, which give little light, are expensive, and can cause burns and respiratory and eye diseases. This project promotes a business model centred on Solar Home Systems (SHS), which are sold to households in Africa, each containing a solar panel, battery, light source, and mobile phone charger. The size of the SHS is based on the household’s needs and can be financed through micro-credits to lower the investment hurdles for customers. 107,746 households benefit from clean light and save an average of USD 134 per year per household on 167 litres of paraffin, and USD 42 on mobile phone charging.

Community-based reforestation in Nicaragua+

In an area covering 86 square kilometres, smallholder families from 292 communities in Nicaragua participate in this project to reforest unused land. The more than 10 million trees planted will store over 1.5 million tonnes of CO2 over the course of 15 years. Moreover, the trees are part of land use planning to create important watersheds that reduce flooding in the wet season and store water for the dry season.

This is why DSwiss offsets 200% of its greenhouse gas emissions

For every tonne of CO2 emitted through our business activities since 2021, we provide financial resources for climate protection projects that are needed to save double the amount, or two tonnes of CO2. In this way, DSwiss is also gradually offsetting the greenhouse gas emissions generated by our business activities since 2006, the year in which we were founded.

Myclimate confirms: DSwiss is a climate-neutral company

With the "Myclimate neutral company" label, the Myclimate foundation has recognised DSwiss AG as a climate-neutral company since 2021. DSwiss is considered a climate-neutral company because it participates in Myclimate carbon offset projects, and through its financial support, demonstrably saves more CO2 than that generated by DSwiss in a single financial year.

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