Sustainability

Climate change threatens people, ecosystems, and communities around the world. We're doing our part to help stop it. Learn more
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We commit to

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Measuring (and sharing) our footprint meticulously and comprehensively every quarter
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Neutralizing our emissions by funding projects that avoid and remove carbon
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Taking the highest leverage steps to reduce our emissions

The science of the climate crisis

Greenhouse gas emissions—from energy production, transportation, industry, agriculture, and nearly every economic activity—are rapidly warming the planet. Millions are already suffering.
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The science of the climate crisis

If we continue with business as usual, temperatures will rise 3°C by 2100, leading to food and water scarcity for hundreds of millions of people, devastating extreme weather events, and the decimation of ecosystems.
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Cutting down emissions at Segment

To avert catastrophic change, scientists tell us we need to cut carbon emissions in half by 2030. This is possible, but only if we decarbonize every sector of the economy rapidly. At Segment we're doing our part to make this happen faster.
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Segment has been carbon neutral since the beginning (2011)

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2011: Segment is founded
We've funded projects to be carbon neutral since the beginning
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2019 footprint was
7,919 tCO₂e total
Equivalent to the electricity consumption of 1,341 houses for a year
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2019 emissions
reduction from 2018
Arrow down icon 26% per employee
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2020 emissions target
Arrow down icon 20% per employee

We’re taking action to reduce our carbon footprint ASAP.

With the goal of cutting carbon per employee by 20% in 2020. Here’s how we’ll get there:
Arrow down icon 100% Clean Power We’re purchasing enough renewable energy to cover electricity consumption at Segment’s offices and in the home offices of our employees.
Arrow down icon Cloud We’ve re-engineered Segment to use cloud infrastructure as efficiently as possible. We estimate this work will prevent 2,000 tonnes of CO2e emissions in 2020—and it’s saving us more than five million dollars per year.
Arrow down icon Low-carbon remote-work As we all work from home as a result of COVID-19, emissions that would happen at the office now happen at home. We’re exploring ways to minimize this impact.
Arrow down icon Suppliers The products and services we buy as a business—from laptops to Google ads—make up nearly half of our carbon footprint. We’re reducing our purchases in carbon-intensive categories and prioritizing suppliers who’re cutting their own footprint.

We fund a portfolio of projects that prevent emissions equal to our current footprint.

We do constant research to stay up-to-date on the highest impact projects, and you can read our methodology here. We are currently funding the following portfolio:
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Deforestation prevention We are funding a project that preserves 98,000 hectares of rainforest in Peru. Learn more
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Refrigerant destruction We have funded the collection and destruction of Montreal Protocol banned refrigerants. Learn more
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Nitrous oxide destruction We have funded the capture and destruction of N₂O at a Mississippi industrial facility. Learn more
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We work with Watershed to measure, reduce, and report our carbon emissions.
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Our methodology

For every ton of greenhouse gases we emit, we fund a project that prevents an equivalent amount of emissions.

Carbon offsets are a complex market — there are thousands of projects of varying cost and quality. We work with Watershed to stay up to date on thousands of projects in order to identify ones with the maximum impact per dollar. In doing this review we look at five factors.

Required factors:
  • Additionality: That our funding is the direct cause of emissions prevention relative to a clear baseline scenario.
  • Verifiability: That independent experts have verified the climate impact of the project.
Potential factors:
  • Permanence: That the climate impact of our funds is guaranteed today, regardless of how the project fares in the future.
  • Compliance market tie-in: That access to the project trades in a compliance market, such as California cap-and-trade, so that our participation drives up prices for regulated polluters.
  • Social benefits: That the project has social impact beyond its core climate benefit, such as positive impact on the local community.