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On a tree-lined path towards climate neutrality

ownCloud collaborated with PLANTED to aim for climate neutrality by planting one tree for each employee each month.

What exactly is climate neutrality? 

Each individual and company is responsible for CO2 and greenhouse gas emissions through direct and indirect daily activities in their personal and professional lives.   

In simple terms, climate neutrality refers to the concept of achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by offsetting or neutralizing this emission. This is achieved by first calculating the greenhouse gas emitted by an individual or an organization and then working on removing at least an equivalent amount of greenhouse gas from the environment.  

Carbon emission stats

Why care? 

Global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions rose by 6% in 2021 to 36.3 Gigatonnes (gT) according to the new IEA analysis. This increase marks the highest ever recorded level of global CO2 emissions in history.  

The temperature of Earth has steadily increased by 0.14° F (0.08° C) per decade since 1880. The rate of warming over the past 40 years is more than twice that: 0.32° F (0.18° C) per decade since 1981. The year 2021 has made its way into the seven warmest years ever on record.  

Extreme weather-conditions and natural disasters – hurricanes, tsunamis, droughts, famines, floods and forest fires – are at an all-time high.  

These are not mere statistics. This is the Earth crying out for help.   

The danger is real.  

The need to act is urgent.  

Thankfully, there is still hope.  

OwnCloud and PLANTED: Co-operation for a green future 

We at ownCloud, are committed to doing our bit in protecting the environment. We are working not only towards temporarily offsetting atmospheric CO2, but towards contributing sustainable climate change in the long run.  

“Responsibility is part of our corporate DNA. With our Open Source solutions, we focus on data protection and data sovereignty. Resulting from this comes our commitment to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations.   The first step in this direction is the climate neutrality of our teams. Sustainability is also an important topic for us in software development. ownCloud Infinite Scale, for example, will consume significantly fewer resources in operation than comparable software through the use of state-of-the-art technologies – while at the same time increasing performance”.  Tobias Gerlinger, CEO and Managing Director, ownCloud 

We have partnered with PLANTED, an organization actively working towards climate protection through reforestation in Germany.  

PLANTED plants a climate-stable tree for every ownCloud employee every month – in the Taunus area of Germany.  

Climate neutrality

1 tree planted for every ownCloud employee every month


PLANTED is a non-profit organization based in Cologne, Germany, that initiates and supports projects aimed at reducing carbon footprint.   

Reducing the CO₂ footprint is essential. Until this goal is achieved, we still need a lot of time. We founded PLANTED to actively fight climate change. We ensure our carbon neutralization projects meet the highest standards. At the same time, we only plant mixed forests that are climate-stable and promote biodiversity by providing a habitat for many animals. – Wilhelm Hammes, CEO of PLANTED.

Anwesha Ray

April 14, 2022

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