Earth Day is on 22 April.
Find out more about climate-neutral streaming and how you can take action.
For Earth Day 2022, we are joining forces with 400 leading digital companies for the Time for Climate Action campaign. Together with many other companies, we want to raise awareness about environmental and climate protection during the week around Earth Day. And we take action!
Since 2019, we have not only been carbon neutral, but are also working continuously to further reduce our CO2 consumption. For us, this also means leading by example and motivating others to join in - including our Zattoo team. At the beginning of the year, we adopted a tree from Planet Tree for every Zattooie. And at the end of March, we planted these 250 trees in a forest in northern Germany. Through CO2 compensation, each of these trees makes a valuable contribution to climate protection.Our Zattoo Forest
1. We operate our data centers using green power and even have a data center installed directly beside a wind turbine!
2. Our offices in Zurich and Berlin are also powered by green electricity.
3. We offer our team a job ticket that enables them to use public transportation at low cost.
4. We have introduced a policy to reduce flights and increase the use of train travel.
5. We are carbon neutral since 2019!
You can do a lot of things in your daily life to make your television at home climate-friendly. We’ll show you how to do it.
Using renewable energies is one of the most important steps to stop climate change. Because, unlike fossil fuels like coal or natural gas, renewable energy is clean, safe and available to us indefinitely. By switching to a green electricity provider, you can use your electrical appliances in the future with hydropower, solar and wind energy, biomass or geothermal energy. Changing your own electricity provider is not that difficult. Once you have signed a new contract, the new provider will take care of everything else within a few weeks. You can easily compare providers online and switch to green electricity.
You can also protect the climate by reducing your electricity consumption. This is not only good for our climate, but also for your wallet. Whether it’s a laptop, smartphone or electric toothbrush, once your electronic device is fully charged, you should unplug it. Otherwise, the electricity is still flowing, which not only pollutes the environment, but also costs a lot of money. According to the Federal Environment Agency, four power supplies consume an average of 175 kilowatt hours per year. In addition, electronic devices such as TVs, printers and monitors also consume electricity in standby mode. Depending on the electricity provider you choose, this can add up to over an extra 100 euros per year on your electricity bill. You can easily interrupt the flow of electricity by using power strips that have an on-off switch. Or, you can simply pull the plug when you’re not using your device.
Many people also pay attention energy consumption when buying a new TV. The energy efficiency classes according to the EU label are an important decision-making aid here. A+++ devices have the highest efficiency class. When you buy a new TV, it should at least belong to the A+ category. The label also shows the annual power consumption and the power consumption in watts. The older your device, the more power it likely consumes. According to experts, a device that is around 12 years old consumes around 392 kilowatt hours per year, while a device in the A+++ category consumes only 157 kWh. In view of current electricity prices, this can save you around 75 euros a year.
Another way to protect the climate is to buy used electronics. According to Back Market, an online store for used electronic products, 80 percent of the CO2 emissions generated during the life cycle of a smartphone happen during its manufacture. The same is true for other electronics such as tablets, laptops, TVs and game consoles. So, by choosing used electronics to stream your video content, you can save a lot of CO2.
A good place to get pre-owned electronics is Back Market. On this platform, consumers can buy refurbished electronic products that have been reconditioned by certified workshops, for up to 70 percent less than the price of a new product.
In a study, the German Federal Environment Agency determined that video streaming generates significantly more CO2 when using a mobile network than when using an Internet connection. For example, data transmission with 4G emits 13 grams of CO2 per hour, and with 3G, as much as 90 grams. Data transmission with 5G is significantly better. This only generates around 5 grams of CO2 per hour and is on a par with home Internet use via fiber optics or copper cable, which emit between 2 and 4 grams of CO2 per hour. If you want to stream on the go, you can still do something for the climate. By reducing the resolution when streaming on your mobile device, you also reduce the amount of data being transferred. This produces less climate-damaging CO2, consumes less data volume and conserves your battery. With Zattoo, you can easily use your settings to adjust the resolution of your smartphone or tablet.
Want to learn more about your carbon footprint? On the ClimatePartner YOU website, you can now calculate the amount of CO2 emissions you and your family cause and even compare yourself with others. Simply enter data about your lifestyle and consumption and it will calculate your carbon footprint for free. With the ClimatePartner YOU platform, you can create your own plan for further reducing the CO2 emissions personally caused by you. You even have a way to offset your consumption with the help of internationally certified climate protection projects.Calculate your carbon footprint now
At Zattoo, we emit around 692 tons of CO2 every year. The large quantities of data needed for streaming consume a great deal of electricity and as a result, this also generates CO2 emissions. However, CO2 emissions are also caused by our own company operations. What we do not save by making reductions, we compensate for in full by supporting certified carbon offset projects. You can get more information about our carbon-neutral streaming from our website.Learn more
"Sustainability i.e., acting in an ecologically sustainable manner, is something we have explicitly incorporated in our values. This topic was brought forward on the initiative of our team and we intend to pursue it over the long term. With the support of our colleagues at Leaders for Climate Action, we will take steps to reduce our ecological footprint. With projects like our data center at the Westfalenwind wind farm, we would like to act as an inspiration for other companies.”
Nick Brambring, CEO Zattoo