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) since 2012.

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 improving our environmental footprint even further. These activities include but are not limited to:

  • Resource efficiency: Our plan to reduce the environmental impact of transport through the introduction of greener corporate cars is just one of the ways that we intend to reduce emissions.
  • Corporate involvement: We promote the sustainability programme internally to members of staff, in order 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 their 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 2018-2020. Our registration number is BE-VL-000016.

CO2 compensation

Since 2014 we have assessed our previous years’ CO2 emissions and purchased verified CO2 credits for:

  • 2014 - the construction of wind turbines and the production of biodiesel from Jatropha seeds in Gujarat, India.
  • 2015 - planting a number of fruit trees in Asturias, Spain, an area populated by the endangered European brown bear, in collaboration with the Spanish organisation FAPAS under the program ‘+BEARS -CO2’.
  • 2015 - contributing to the Ecomapuà project which, among other goals, aims to conserve the rich biodiversity of the Amazon.
  • 2016 - contributing 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.
  • 2017-2018 - supporting 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. In 2018, we supported the Uganda Borehole rehabilitation project for the second year; this time, our focus was on the Dokolo, Otuke and Alebtong Districts of Uganda.
  • 2019 - supporting the Uganda Borehole Project, as well as the reforestation efforts in Monchique Portugal, an area that was affected by devastating wild fires in the summer of 2018.
  • 2020 - supporting the “Water is Life” project in Madagascar.