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2019 Carbon Footprint


Lifetime Carbon Offset


To become Climate Neutral Certified, Kickstarter has measured the greenhouse gases it emitted when making and delivering products to its customers.

Its carbon footprint of 583 metric tonnes of CO2e has been fully offset.

The company is implementing plans to reduce its footprint in 2020.

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01 Measure

Kickstarter used 2019 operational data to estimate its carbon footprint for the year:

GHG Scope 1 Ⓘ
GHG Protocol Scope 1

Emissions from fossil fuels and refrigerants used in company buildings, fleets, and equipment.

29 tCO2e

GHG Scope 2 Ⓘ

64 tCO2e

GHG Scope 3 Ⓘ
GHG Protocol Scope 3

Emissions from raw materials, manufacturing, shipping, air travel, and other activities in the supply chain.

490 tCO2e

Total Emissions Ⓘ
Total Carbon Emissions

The sum of all product materials, manufacturing, use, and end of life emissions.

583 tCO2e

02 Offset

The entire carbon footprint was offset using verified carbon credits.
Carbon Credits for 2019

583 tCO2e

Total 2019 Investment in Carbon Credits


Kickstarter's credits came from:

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2019 Emissions Offsets

583 tCO2e

Lifetime Emissions Offsets

583 tCO2e

03 Reduce

Kickstarter is implementing a Reduction Action Plan to reduce emissions from within its own operations and supply chain.

  • Transition Kickstarter HQ to fully renewable energy

  • Transition data servers from fossil fuel powered location to renewable energy powered location.

Sustainability Story

Kickstarter committed to being a responsible steward of the environment in 2015 by writing it into our Public Benefit Corporation charter. We believe adhering to the Climate Neutral commitments are the baseline responsibility for all companies in the face of the climate crisis. As part of those commitments, we plan to reduce our carbon footprint as much as possible over the next few years while offsets ensure we pay for our emissions as part of our business. Beyond reducing the footprint of our own operations, we believe we can have the largest impact by helping the thousands of companies and products that launch on Kickstarter every year become more sustainable. That is why we have partnered with the Environmental Defense Fund to provide Kickstarter creators with guides to sustainable practices for the development, manufacturing, and distribution of new products across our technology, design, and games verticals, while encouraging creators to make environmental commitments of their own. We’re excited for what Climate Neutral can mean for Kickstarter and the companies on our platform. This label broadcasts our environmental commitment and encourages consumers and businesses to take responsibility and action, especially when the government fails to do so.

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