Going green

We believe that even companies working in cyberspace can do so in a sustainable manner.

We are the first European TLD registry to be registered by the EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS).

Environmental actions

We have taken an environmentally responsible approach to managing our TLDs for many years.

The EMAS registration formalises our ongoing activities and demonstrates our public commitment to further improving our environmental footprint. These activities include but are not limited to:

  • Resource efficiency: Reducing the environmental impact of transport through the implementation of a plan for the introduction of greener corporate cars is just one of the ways that we intend to reduce emissions.
  • Corporate involvement: We believe in promoting the sustainability programme internally to members of staff so as to enhance their involvement in environmental activities and projects.
  • Responsible events: When organising conferences and events for accredited registrars or participating in industry trade fairs and meetings, we apply environmental criteria from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) meeting guide to ensure that these events, and associated travel, are as environmentally sound as possible.

Policy and objectives

The EMAS and ISO 14001 Environmental Statement 2018-2020 (PDF) outlines EURid's environmental policy, objectives and activity programme for the next three years.

About EMAS

The EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) is a voluntary management tool for companies and other organisations to evaluate, report and improve their environmental performance. This scheme helps companies optimise their production processes, reduce environmental impacts and use resources more efficiently.

EURid achieved EMAS registration back in May 2012 and has since renewed its EMAS registration for the period 2015-2017. Our registration number is BE-VL-000016.

CO2 compensation

In 2014, we assessed our CO2 emissions of 2013 and purchased verified CO2 credits for the construction of wind turbines and the production of biodiesel from Jatropha seeds in Gujarat, India.

In April 2015, we joined forces with the environmental Spanish non-profit organisation FAPAS once again, with the goal to cap our CO2 emissions. A number of fruit trees were planted in Asturias, Spain, an area populated by the endangered European brown bear. The program "+BEARS -CO2" not only enabled the registry to further contribute to its goal regarding environmental responsibility but also supported and contributed to increased ecosystem diversity in the region.

In 2015, we assessed our CO2 emissions of 2014 and purchased verified CO2 credits to contribute to the Ecomapuà project which among other things has the goal to conserve the rich biodiversity of the Amazon.

In 2016, we assessed our CO2 emissions of 2015 and purchased verified CO2 credits to contribute to the Dak Rung Hydropower project in Vietnam. This renewable energy project was based around the construction of an 8MW hydro plant on the Dak Rung stream for the generation of renewable electricity for both the local population and Vietnam's electrical grid, reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the region and support the development of the local community.

In 2017, we assessed our CO2 emissions of 2016 and purchased certified credits to support the Uganda Borehole Rehabilitation project. The goal of the Borehole Rehabilitation project is to work with Ugandan communities to repair broken boreholes and restore access to clean, safe drinking water. The direct benefits of the project are that families no longer have to travel great distances to attain water or boil the water to eradicate contaminants, saving firewood and hence preventing carbon emissions from being released into the atmosphere.

In 2018, we assessed our CO2 emissions of 2017 and renewed our support for the Uganda Borehole rehabilitation project. This time, our focus was on the Dokolo, Otuke and Alebtong Districts of Uganda. As in 2017, the goal of the Ugandan Borehole project is to work with Ugandan communities to repair broken boreholes in order to restore access to clean, safe drinking water.

In 2019, we assessed our CO2 emissions of 2018 and, in addition of purchasing the official CO2 credits for the Uganda Borehole Project, we supported the reforestation efforts in Monchique Portugal, an area that was affected by devastating wild fires in the summer of 2018.