Carbon Footprint

CO2 Reduction Ambitions of our merchandise supplier XD Connects

At XD Connects, we are deeply committed to reducing our carbon footprint and contributing to a sustainable future. We have set ambitious goals to drastically cut our CO2 emissions. By 2030, we aim to reduce our Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions by 40% compared to our base year of 2022. Additionally, we are working towards achieving climate-neutral operations by 2030 and net-zero operations by 2050. These goals include not only our own activities but also those of our suppliers and customers.

To achieve these targets, we start close to home by reducing emissions from our own operations (Scope 1 and 2). We are committed to the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) to set short-term, company-wide emission reductions in line with climate science.

How Do We Achieve These Goals?

A significant part of reaching our targets involves making changes to our product portfolio. The most positive changes can be made during the product development process. For example, using recycled materials has a lower negative impact compared to using new materials, and producing in Europe reduces the footprint from the transportation phase.

Our customers also play a crucial role in reducing our overall emissions. By providing them with the CO2 footprints of all our products—through detailed lifecycle analyses (LCA)—we enable them to contribute to lowering our collective CO2 footprint.

Goals for Low-Impact Products

We have set specific goals for the proportion of products with a lower impact. These goals consider products that have lower CO2 emissions according to their LCA, as well as products that use traceable recycled content and certified materials.

To drive our CO2 reduction ambitions, we have calculated the CO2 footprint of all our products using lifecycle assessment. Since October 2022, visitors to our webshop can see the total CO2 footprint of a product on its product page. Customers with a login can access more detailed information about the composition of the total footprint, including the CO2 emissions during the different lifecycle stages of a product.

Why Focus on CO2?

Globally, CO2 emissions have a significant, negative impact on the environment and life on Earth. Although CO2 is invisible, it has far-reaching consequences, such as more extreme weather events, floods, wildfires, and rising sea levels. Therefore, it is crucial to measure and reduce the impact of CO2 emissions.

What is a Lifecycle Assessment (LCA)?

A lifecycle assessment is a methodology to calculate the impact of a product throughout its entire lifecycle. This includes all stages from raw material extraction, production, packaging, transportation, use, and end-of-life disposal. Each phase contributes to the total CO2 footprint of the product.

Our products each have their own footprint, depending on various factors such as the materials used, transportation methods, packaging type, electricity usage, and the expected lifespan of the product.

At XD Connects, we use a licensed calculation tool developed in collaboration with EcoAct, and the methodology of our LCA is based on ISO14067. This is verified by Bureau Veritas, an independent auditing and certification body.

By accurately measuring our CO2 emissions and being transparent about our impact, we work towards a more sustainable future and invite our customers to join us on this important journey. Together, we can make a significant positive change.

Understanding Your
Product's CO2 Footprint

Ever wondered what the CO2 footprint on a product label means? It can feel like a confusing number. This image helps visualize a product's CO2 footprint by comparing it to everyday activities.

Think of it like this!

A power bank with a 2.27kg CO2 footprint is similar to driving 4.2 kilometers in an average gasoline-powered car.

A t-shirt with a 2.3kg CO2 footprint is equivalent to heating your home for about 2.5 hours with natural gas.

A pair of jeans with a 3.4kg CO2 footprint is comparable to using a clothes dryer for 4 loads.

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