Syngenio is an independent consulting company for Digital Payment, Next Generation Banking and Internet of Everything (IoE).
The company wants to lead the way with an innovative spirit and contribute to a carbon neutral economy. To achieve this, Syngenio has now teamed up with Planetly to understand its carbon footprint as a first step and reduce it in the long term.
Syngenio supports companies as a partner in achieving their sustainability goals. How does this work? With the help of Green Software Design, i.e. the sustainable, resource-saving and efficient design of software projects.
Syngenio is also aware of its own responsibility and has already started implementing a Green Agenda in 2019 and taken measures to reduce CO2 emissions. In order to continue managing its carbon footprint holistically and continuously in the future, Syngenio is now working with Planetly to jointly contribute to a carbon neutral business world.
For the calculation of the carbon footprint, all relevant activities of Syngenio and its subsidiary secAdair were considered. The carbon footprint takes into account direct and energy-related emissions (Scope 1 and 2) as well as indirect emissions generated outside the organisation, e.g. through the purchase of products and services (Scope 3).
Adding up all emissions results in a footprint of 623 t CO2e for Syngenio and a footprint of 16 t CO2e for secAdair - and thus a total footprint of 639 t CO2e.
A large part of Syngenio's carbon footprint (277 t CO2e) is generated by purchased goods and services used by the company. Business trips, commuting and working from home account for a comparable share (265 t CO2e). Emissions also occur in the company's buildings, for example through heating consumption.
To avoid emissions, Syngenio avoids business trips that are not absolutely necessary. Since 2019, Syngenio has also introduced a new car policy: the last combustion and hybrid vehicles will be phased out in 2021 to switch the entire fleet to electric vehicles.
Syngenio also has a home office policy with the motto "Stay flexible". This means that employees can choose where they want to work - at home, in the office or on the road. Syngenio also already uses green electricity at most of its sites.
The company also creates incentives for climate-friendly commuting, for example by subsidising tickets for local transport. Employees are also asked to use the train for business trips that cannot be avoided in order to reduce emissions. Another important lever for Syngenio is to approach suppliers and prefer those with lower emissions.
With the initiative "Green Software Design", Syngenio AG supports other companies in making their software projects more climate-friendly through development and consulting services. With the foundation of the "Green Software Design Community", they want to promote resource-saving software development with like-minded people and establish standards.
For Syngenio, climate action consists of the triad of avoid, reduce and compensate. The focus here is clearly on avoiding and reducing emissions. Nevertheless, Syngenio offsets all emissions that cannot currently be avoided or reduced. Syngenio supports projects in India, Indonesia and Ethiopia.
In Indonesia, the REDD+ project is saving 64,500 hectares of carbon-rich peat swamp forests with high biodiversity in lowland Borneo from conversion to palm oil plantations. The project in India aims to provide solar water heaters in hospitals, schools, universities and SMEs throughout India, providing a reliable supply of hot water at a reasonable cost. And in Ethiopia, the project distributes efficient cookstoves to households of rural coffee farmers to reduce deforestation locally.
The footprint of the secAdair subsidiary from 2020 was offset by supporting a biogas project in the Netherlands. The project expands the farmers' scope of work from cultivation and farming to energy production, creating sustainable new economic opportunities in agriculture.
secAdair has additionally chosen to support a local reforestation project in Germany as well as a Plastic Bank ocean conservation project.