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EVBox's journey to sustainability part 1: A tree for every charger

May 13, 2019 | EVBox

Electric cars will be a major contributor to a zero-emission future in the transportation sector, and luckily we're not the only ones supporting the transition to a more sustainable future.

IKEA Group is seeking 100% zero emissions by 2020 for "last mile home delivery" in Amsterdam, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, and Shanghai, while Salesforce is committed to operating on 100% renewable energy by 2022 and working with its top suppliers to set their own emission targets for 2025.

Following Salesforce’s commitment, over 150 companiesincluding giants such as Sony, McKinsey Group, WeWork, and the Royal Bank of Scotlandhave committed to sourcing 100% of their electricity from renewable providers.

However, electrifying mobility is only a small part of the task at hand—building a zero-emission world. Becoming sustainable is a vital decision for any company to make to survive and stay competitive. It’s not just the end product that needs to be emission-free; optimizations should be made throughout the entire production life cycle, with the main goal being to avoid and reduce as much emissions as possible. When that is not possible, compensation should be made.

At EVBox, we have manufactured locally from both the Netherlands and the US. By eliminating long-distance container ships, we’ve saved both fuel and 74 tons of CO2 emissions. Our HQ runs on green energy. We sort our waste, print as little as possible (and exclusively duplex), and use only LED lights in our offices.

Now that we have more than 300 EVBoxers on our team, we’re certain that we can do more. For example, we participate in various events and conferences around the world that our staff typically fly to. Events in general are not particularly sustainabletransportation is needed, and many single-use objects such as giveaways and souvenirs are used. In the office, we still print too much, consume more meat than we should, and don't recycle as well as we could. These are aspects, among others, that we want to improve.

This is why we’ll be checking in every month on where we stand with our initiatives. These initiatives will either reduce our carbon footprint or increase our social impact.

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We’d like to invite you all to be a part of this journey—to learn from our successes and challenges, and hopefully be inspired to start your own journey toward sustainability.

When avoiding or reducing CO2 emissions is not realistic or possible, the best way to be sustainable is to compensate. That’s where our tree plantation project comes in!


What's happening: A tree for every charging point

We know how important it is to give back to our planet. As former NASA astronaut Ron Garan put it, “We are one people, traveling on one planet, towards one future.” 

We are all responsible for our own actions, and there's no more time to lose. The future is already here.  In 2018, we took one of the first steps to a more sustainable future by committing to planting one tree for every charging station sold. Earlier this year, we put our commitment into action.

We started this project for these two reasons:

1. Deforestation

At the current rate of deforestation, the remaining rainforests on Earth will be gone within the next 100 years. According to OneTreePlanted, trees help clean the air, filter the water, and provides habitat for many animals. Trees also absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, reducing the effects of climate change and cooling the planet.

2. Wildfires.

Climate change increases the frequency, duration, and severity of droughts. Droughts during hot weather run high risks of wildfires; due to excessive heat, plants dry faster than usual and the humidity in the soil is unable to compensate, resulting in severe wildfires that burn very quickly.

Keeping to our commitment to reforestation, we’ve already planted 15,000 trees in California and Portugal as of the first quarter of 2019. We chose regions that were recently affected by wildfires and have planted diverse trees native to the region to increase biodiversity.

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Bárbara Alçada, visual designer at EVBox, expressed how satisfied she was with taking part in such a project and suggests that all EVBoxers should plant at least one tree and experience the same rewarding feeling. She was a part of the EVBox team that was involved in the plantation of trees in Portugal.

“Being part of a company that cares enough to do something is of great value,” says Cristiana Santos, PR and communications specialist, “And being able to be part of the change and work with like-minded people is priceless.”


5 learnings your organization can implement

  • Donate trees to compensate for your carbon footprint. You can partner up with organizations like OneTreePlanted.
  • Start separating your waste. Ask your building's facility manager about recycling options and order split trash cans today. Get your staff involvedrecycling is a mindset!
  • Stop printing. Instead, opt for tools like Adobe sign for when documents need to be signed. If you must print, print double-sided.
  • Educate your employees on sustainability and how to be more environmentally friendly.
  • Upgrade your lighting to LED.

What's next: sustainable events and travels

Because the journey to sustainability isn’t a one-time project, over the coming months, we’ll be covering topics such as sustainable travel  and events, employee volunteering, sustainable office, and much more. Check back for our next update in June!

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step,” Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu once said.

For EVBox, this step is a sign of the many changes to come.

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