So, carbon neutral delivery?
Yeah, we’re pretty pumped about it. You see, the transportation sector makes up almost 30% of our country’s carbon footprint, and as eCommerce and the gig economy continue to grow the environmental impact of those industries will become more meaningful. The convenience of living today comes with a cost, and that cost is increasingly becoming a carbon cost.
We think it’s important to curb these emissions without limiting you from the benefits of these services. So we built technology to calculate the carbon footprint of a package being delivered or trip taken and then automatically offset your footprint with renewable energy. The best part about Cloverly is that it happens at checkout. You don’t have to go to a separate service and plug in your package information or do calculus to figure it out. Press a button when checking out and that’s it; we take care of the rest.
How does renewable energy make for carbon neutral delivery?
Excellent question, and this concept is really the foundation for what we’ve built. When you use renewable energy you are using it in place of traditional generation sources like coal or natural gas. So, when you use renewable energy you are preventing the amount of carbon emissions associated with the amount of renewable energy that has been used.
Think about it this way, if you didn’t use 1,000 kWh (kilowatt hours) of solar energy you would have used 1,000 kWh of traditional generation which would have created a carbon footprint that we can measure.
The vehicle that delivered you to your destination, or your package to you, creates a carbon footprint which we can also measure. By knowing how much carbon that trip created we therefore know how much renewable energy would need to be used in the place of traditional generation to equal out your emissions.
What if my company doesn’t produce direct to consumer transportation emissions?
We can help you too! Whether it be decreasing your Scope 2 emissions through the purchase of RECs or other solutions, we have experience helping businesses operate more sustainably. Reach out to set up a conversation.
How big is Cloverly?
We've been working on our eCommerce delivery algorithm secretly for over a year and are proud to be coming out of stealth mode. We're a small and nimble team, but we have the backing of Southern Company (https://www.southerncompany.com/campaign/imagine.html), an expert in the renewable energy space.
How much does Cloverly cost?
To companies looking to offer our service to their customers it is free. In fact, your company will get a portion of what customers spend which you can then reinvest in further green initiatives.
To customers the cost varies depending on the size of the package they are sending, and the distance it is being sent. But we try and keep the cost under a dollar per shipment or trip.
Is Cloverly a shipping company?
No. We don’t change your shipping methods. No need to change any logistics within your business. We offer a way to calculate the carbon impact of your shipping and purchase renewable energy to offset that impact. Carbon neutral shipping without doing an overhaul of your existing process.