Social Impact Company Too Good To Go Becomes a Climate Action Pioneer
Too Good To Go has been fighting food waste since 2015. In 15 countries worldwide, the company connects restaurants, supermarkets, bakeries and wholesalers with consumers who can use the Too Good To Go app to save food from going to waste.
75.1 million meals have already been saved this way. While that already has a vast and positive impact on our planet, it doesn't stop there for Too Good To Go.
The company has therefore teamed up with Planetly. Together we have determined and fully offset Too Good To Go's company-wide carbon footprint for 2020. Too Good To Go analysed and offset all emissions across all three emission scopes and has been awarded the Carbon Neutral+ seal.
Moving forward, the company wants to reduce all avoidable emissions and continue its movement towards positive impact for our planet.
Background & Objectives
The Too Good To Go app is the world's largest marketplace for surplus food. Users can save food from being thrown away by buying it at lower prices from local businesses.
Not only does this reduce food waste, but it also allows businesses to recover sunken costs by selling any surplus food before closing time which would usually have been thrown away.
The Too Good To Go mission is to inspire and empower people to fight against food waste, and they know impact can only happen if we fight together. Therefore, they run projects with businesses and households as well as in schools and other public institutions to raise awareness and help people take action to not waste food.
The business model and mission of Too Good To Go are already contributing significantly to climate action. And the company is committed to doing even more.
With Planetly, Too Good To Go gained carbon transparency across its entire operations and now wants to reduce not only its own carbon footprint but to also continue its movement to avoid emissions created by food waste across the globe.
“We know that we all have a responsibility to tackle climate change, and every person can make a difference but we, as businesses, need to lead by example. This is why we've committed to being carbon neutral + from 2020 onwards.” GLOBAL IMPACT MANAGER, TOO GOOD TO GO Philippe Schuler
Too Good To Go's Carbon Footprint
To calculate the carbon footprint, we took a closer look at all relevant activities across 15 of Too Good To Go’s locations.
The carbon footprint of Too Good To Go not only takes into account direct and energy-related emissions (Scope 1 & 2) but also indirect emissions caused by service providers and services the company uses (Scope 3).
Adding up all emissions, Too Good To Go had a footprint of 2,475 t CO2e in 2020.
The largest share of Too Good To Go's carbon footprint stems from the company's procurement process. This includes the use of external services, external servers and consumables and equipment. The emissions of Too Good To Go employees form the second-largest contribution to the carbon footprint. Emissions for example occur from commuting to the office, but also when working from home.
Office operations, including heating and electricity, account for the third biggest share of the footprint. A comparatively small share (27t CO2e) is generated by packaging emissions and the emissions that Too Good To Go's customers produce by using the app.
Too Good to Go Wants to Reduce Emissions
At the time of assessment, Too Good To Go had managed to save more than 76 million meals, globally, since its foundation. To make a real impact, the company works with numerous government representatives, businesses, households and education on its mission to fight food waste.
Now that Too Good To Go has gained carbon transparency with Planetly, the company is planning to develop a holistic reduction strategy to continue to reduce emissions across all locations.
Too Good to Go Is Committed to Climate Action
Too Good To Go has decided to offset all unavoidable emissions by supporting certified climate action projects: one project in Peru and one in India.
The food system is the biggest driver of deforestation. Too Good To Go envisions a sustainable food system for the future by helping to protect the Amazonian rainforest in Peru and to preserve biodiversity in the project regions. At the same time, the REDD+ Project initiates training on sustainable agricultural methods and creates jobs for the local communities.
To account for highly-emitting web servers the company uses to fully operate its application, Too Good To Go decided to support a renewable energy project in India. This solar project expands additional renewable energies in India's power grid. The project helps to reduce 659,000 tonnes of CO2e annually.
By supporting these projects, Too Good To Go contributes to several of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including Goal 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy), Goal 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth) and Goal 13 (Climate Action). With its business model alone, Too Good To Go also already significantly contributes to Goal 12 (Responsible consumption and production).