Although Apheris is still a young company, we have set our sights on the bigger picture in our pursuit of long-term environmental initiatives that aim to mitigate impending threats caused by climate change. This is why we have collaborated with Supercritical to realize our goal of becoming a climate-neutral company and work toward erasing our history of emissions that have occurred since the company was founded.
We are experiencing the effects of the current climate crisis every day – forest fires, flash floods, and more are destroying habitats and disrupting ecosystems around the world. To mitigate this, climate scientists agree that we, as a society, must both drastically reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, a process also referred to as negative emissions or carbon removal.
At Apheris, we started to systematically approach this by first measuring our company’s current carbon footprint, then reducing it where we can and compensating for the remaining emissions that we are (not yet) able to reduce.
This has led us to ask the question: What impact does a young software company have on the climate?
At Apheris, we have employees that commute to the office and travel to visit clients. We also rely on data centers to run our code, have our offices heated and cooled, and source inputs from vendors that all have their own carbon emissions. Our customer network is made up of individual players in areas such as manufacturing, healthcare, and pharmaceutical industries, which are part of large value chains that can have equally large ecological footprints. Therefore, we have worked to make sustainability a part of our greater mission of facilitating and enabling multi-partner data collaborations to optimize R&D and production across a transparent supply chain, with a special focus placed on improving products, reducing waste, and increasing overall efficiency.
We intend for the impact that we have on our customers to extend beyond the quality of services and products that we provide and set a direction for a brighter and more environmentally conscious future. As our CTO and Co-Founder Michael Höh explains:
Our focus on sustainability extends beyond the impact we have on our customers, and our environmentally conscious mindset is at the core of Apheris’ work culture. As Michael further states:
Apheris' Investments in Sustainable Actions
We are excited to introduce our selected three projects with our collaborator Supercritical that focus on carbon removal with long-term permanence. Based on our initial measurements, we came up with a total of 14 tons CO2 emissions attributed to our company activities since it was founded. We have then invested a total of approximately 3000 EUR into carbon removal by splitting the budget equally across the following technologies:
Duration of Impact: 10,000 years
Enhanced Weathering uses the naturally occurring rock weathering process to have CO2 found in rainwater bind with rocks and seals it in a carbonate form for long-term carbon storage. Some companies that accelerated this process by using crushed basalt to increase the surface area of the rocks and radically improve carbon sequestering. The byproduct of this process creates stable carbonate minerals that can last for millions of years.
Duration of Impact: 800 years
Biochar is a technology that takes the form of a charcoal-like substance produced by heating organic materials in the absence of oxygen, a process known as pyrolysis. Biochar takes unutilized biomass and organic waste as a resource for binding CO2, creating clean energy, and making fertile soil for plants. As a result, Biochar has both immediate and long-term impacts on sustainable measures for carbon offsetting.
Direct Air Capture
Duration of Impact: 10,000 years
Direct Air Capture is an active CO2 capturing system, which uses fans to direct air through filters that bind with CO2. Once captured, these filters are heated to release the captured CO2 into water. This water is then pumped underground, so it can be mineralized with rock and permanently stored.
Responsibility since founding the company
Our mission for improving sustainability is driven by our desire to be a front-runner in setting a global standard for net-zero commercial practices. It is crucial for us that we first catch up with the existing impacts of climate change by taking responsibility for our carbon footprint. We hereby commit to being transparent about these issues. We will continue to provide updates on our methodologies for measuring our carbon footprint and disclose all future carbon removal purchases.
We also aim to set a new standard for how our company and our customers can move forward. We are excited and ready to be active partners in creating multi-partner data collaborations that directly impact industry supply chains, improve operations, and meet global sustainability goals.