The scientific consensus is clear that we must limit global warming to 1.5°C. To achieve this, the planet needs to reduce emissions by 50% by 2030 and achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.
Tackling climate change and thinking about our own ability to reduce carbon emissions is one of the ultimate ways of "being a force for good," one of our guiding values.
Canva’s Australian operations have been carbon neutral since 2020. As of 2021, our entire global operations, including print and subsidiaries, are also carbon neutral. We’ve now entered the Beyond Net Zero phase, where we focus on regeneration, building our impact and healing the planet.
Australian operations are powered by renewable energy. We are currently working on matching our renewable energy generation and usage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our regional operations in the Philippines, China, US, and Europe are due to follow in the near future.
For every print order placed with Canva, we plant a tree – it is a simple idea with a big impact.
By the end of 2022, there will be 3.5 million trees in the ground, focusing on native restoration which mimics what a native forest would do. Tree planting sites are selected based on the degree of deforestation and poverty in the region. We are committed to working alongside local villages and communities to achieve a successful and longstanding reforestation effort.
By creating jobs such as Planters and Site Managers we also help to generate social benefits for the local communities.
Carbon offsets are an important starting point, but they are not our focus. In line with limiting warming to 1.5°C, Canva is deeply committed to tackling the challenge of decarbonization.
It is important for Canva to be transparent in our approach to carbon credits. There are two major types of carbon credits defined by the Taskforce on Scaling Voluntary Carbon Markets:
We are focused on removal credits and in the future we plan to build our own Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration projects.