Reducing carbon emissions and offsetting our footprint

Reducing carbon emissions and offsetting our footprint – an easy opportunity for software organisations to improve their environmental impact


  • Carbon Neutral policy with minimum 143% offset
  • Offsetting Scope 1, 2 & 3 emissions
  • Matching donations and offset purchases of our employees for extra impact

March 27, 2023

For more than a decade, Shine has supported the UN Global Compact to adopt sustainable and socially responsible policies and practices in our business. As a software engineering company that influences the practices of our clients, we feel it’s important to pursue opportunities to reduce our carbon footprint and that of our clients. 

At Shine, that has meant constantly pursuing efficiency in using computing resources, mainly through the cloud computing capabilities of virtualisation and dynamic scaling. Not only is this a benefit to the environment, but also a source of financial savings.

And now we’ve gone a step further by implementing a carbon-neutral policy to offset our carbon footprint fully. To ensure we understand our environmental impact entirely, we engaged experts to estimate our carbon footprint based on Scope 1, Scope 2, and Scope 3 emissions. We know that Scope 3 emissions are the ‘gold standard’ in measuring our impact because they consider not only our direct emissions but also the indirect emissions from the products and services we purchase.

However, we are not content with just being carbon neutral. We are committed to making even more of an impact. In the 2021/22 fiscal year, we estimated our emissions to be 177 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent. We have purchased 240 tonnes of carbon offset from Carbon Positive Australia, which is one-third more than the amount required to offset our emissions.

And to make our impact greater, we are also matching any carbon offset purchase or donation made by our staff to Carbon Positive Australia, dollar-for-dollar, up to 120 tonnes. This effectively doubles our total commitment and further mitigates the impact of our software engineering work.

Shine CEO and co-founder Mark Johnson explained, “We are proud of our carbon-neutral policy and our modest positive impact on the environment. We all need to do our part for carbon emissions reduction, and we hope our approach is an example to inspire others to take an active role in reducing their carbon footprint. By implementing a carbon-neutral policy, businesses can reduce their environmental impact and contribute towards a more sustainable future. We are committed to playing our part in positively impacting the planet.”

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