2016 and 2017 data have been restated to reflect collection of additional activity data and improved estimation techniques. These figures replace previously published data.
In 2018 eBay’s carbon footprint was 122,191 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MT CO2e)—down 8 percent from 2017 even as our business grew. The decrease is primarily due to more efficient energy management, including sourcing more renewable electricity to power our eBay-owned data centers. Data centers comprised 68 percent of our footprint, with offices and business travel contributing the other 32 percent.
All businesses have an impact on the environment. And, like for many companies, eBay’s largest environmental impacts are the result of its energy use. eBay’s overall energy use increased 1 percent between 2017 and 2018, while total electricity use decreased slightly even as our business grew. This was due primarily to more efficient use of energy to power our data centers and offices. Power usage effectiveness (PUE) at eBay-owned data centers improved by 0.5 percent from 2017 to 2018, and eBay’s Salt Lake City-based data center (SLC02) earned the ENERGY STAR® for Data Centers Label in 2018 for its efficient design and operations. And, while the IT load at colocated data centers increased by 13 percent from 2017 to 2018, the actual energy consumption decreased by 6 percent, reflecting a more efficient portfolio. Our smart metering programs in Europe and the Middle East have enabled eBay to reduce total electricity consumption at six office sites in 2018 compared with 2016, even as the number of employees increased at these locations.
Water is an increasingly precious resource worldwide, and this is only expected to intensify as the climate changes. eBay works to conserve water every day, and many of our sites have implemented water-saving technologies and processes. We’re now working to build a more robust system for tracking and managing water company-wide. In 2018, we used about 101 million gallons of water, a 10 percent decrease from the year before. This includes our owned data center location, as well as our large office locations. The decrease was due primarily to improved energy management plans at our managed and colocated data centers, including improving water usage effectiveness (WUE) at eBay-owned data centers by 54 percent from 2017 to 2018.
2016 and 2017 data have been restated to ensure consistency with CDP and RE100 reporting requirements. These figures replace previously published data. Some segments do not add up to totals due to rounding.
In accordance with ISO 14064-3 on GHGs – Part 3: specification for guidance for the validation and verification of GHG assertions, external assurance provider Bureau Veritas North America (BVNA) performed a limited assurance of Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions in addition to Scope 3 business travel.
Another way to look at carbon emissions is through the classifications used in the World Resources Institute’s Greenhouse Gas Protocol. This approach categorizes emissions into “Scopes”—Scope 1 is carbon emitted directly by eBay; Scope 2 is emissions resulting from the grid electricity eBay consumes. eBay has a corporate goal to achieve 50 percent absolute reduction in Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions by 2025 and 75 percent reduction by 2030 from our 2016 baseline. Scope 1 emissions and Scope 2 emissions decreased by 6 percent between 2016 and 2018, due primarily to more efficient use of energy to power our data centers and offices and transitioning to more renewable sources.
2016 and 2017 data have been restated to ensure consistency with CDP and RE100 reporting requirements. These figures replace previously published data.
We recognize our business has an impact on the planet. We are working to better understand, track, and quantify our environmental footprint as we enable more circular commerce.
Responsible Business We recognize our business has an impact on the planet. We are working to better understand, track, and quantify our environmental footprint as we enable more circular
Begonias are great self-seeders. Here one sprouts in the Staghorn.
In simple terms, obtaining a greenhouse means building or buying one. Handy gardeners may take the first option, but most of us will find it easier to buy. Probably the best value is in greenhouse kits. These are available in a range of styles & sizes, from gardening stores & through a variety of online suppliers. They are generally aluminium or timber-framed structures, with walls made of materials such as UV-resistant polycarbonate or acrylic. They retail from around $US500.00 to $4000.00 & can include features such as inbuilt shelving, multiple entrances & ventilation fans.
Greenhouses can be plant hospitals. This Staghorn was left for dead but now sprouts back to life
What I found on Ebay was a polycarbonate tent, selling as a temporary or portable greenhouse. They were going for around AU$80 & in the product pictures, looked about as sturdy as the Begonias I was hoping to grow in one. That is, not very but nonetheless, I had an idea. If I placed the greenhouse in a sheltered spot & laid the pine stump down the centre, I could use it to rope down the frame & make the structure steady.
There is something special about greenhouses. I have wanted one far longer than I have been a gardener; a desire garnered as a kid exploring the parks & public gardens of my hometown. The structures I haunted back then were old & substantial; brick & glass constructions that I could only dream of owning now. A lot can change in 30 years though.
A large storm hit my area within a fortnight of the greenhouse being erected. This was strangely fortunate I thought, as it would test the structure before I began to rely on it heavily. The storm was big enough to level trees, down power lines, take rooves from houses & cause minor flooding in some parts, but my greenhouse didn’t budge.
The choice of position was important. I know which way the prevailing winds blow, especially in winter when the big storms visit. The greenhouse is sheltered from the worst of it by a combination of my house, a high fence & a mulberry tree. There is a slight gradient in the ground on which the structure sits to prevent rainwater collecting in it. Additionally, I am careful to keep its windows & doors zipped-tight at the first sign of inclement weather, so it doesn’t catch wind & lift or tear.
Handy gardeners taking the build-it option, may be interested in the range of greenhouse plans available online. Some are free & can be found on web sites. Other are available from places such as Ebay & are usually delivered digitally.
Like most plants, Begonias, Cannas & Ctenathe love the conditions
Unless you live in the tropics, you need a greenhouse. The problem of course, is the cost as permanent greenhouses sell for thousands of dollars. There is a way out though, that allows gardeners on…