EURid is supporting the “Water is Life” project in Madagascar to offset their 2019 CO2 emission and has reported a successful yearly EMAS audit.
EURid was the first European top-level domain (TLD) registry to register for the EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) in 2012. Since then, they have regularly assessed the environmental impact of their activities and monitored compliance of policies and procedures. EURid was recently audited for its 2019 CO2 emissions, resulting in an overall footprint of 159 tons CO2eq.
“Back in 2012, we were the first TLD registry to measure its impact on the climate. Today, we are proud to show that the environmental principles of our company prove that even cyberspace can be managed in a sustainable manner,” commented CEO Marc Van Wesemael.
To offset their CO2 emissions, EURid has supported a number of global sustainability initiatives over the years including the Ugandan Borehole Project, Ecomapuà Project in the Amazon, the Dak Rung Hydropower Project in Vietnam, and a reforestation initiative in Monchique, Portugal. In 2020, EURid will support the “Water is Life project” in Madagascar, aiming to provide safe water to families living around the city of Tulear, as well as to improve hygiene, social, economic and environmental issues.
“In the city of Tulear, Madagascar, many families do not have direct access to drinking water and are forced to face long trips to reach water sources and then boil the water. Direct access to drinking water leads to concrete improvement in local health as well as reduction of CO2 emissions as it is no longer necessary to boil the water. We are very proud to support this project and look forward to contributing to a more sustainable way of living.” Commented Giovanni Seppia, EURid External Relations manager.
According to Water Aid, a UK charity, almost half the population of Madagascar still do not have access to clean water and “around nine in ten still have nowhere decent to go to the toilet. Without water, it’s difficult for people here to make hygiene a priority. Deadly diarrhoeal diseases are common, and almost half of children under five are stunted due to malnutrition.”