Razer says he will design products to create less climate pollution. Visual: Razer
Razer announced today that it plans to become carbon neutral by 2030, meaning it plans to reduce and offset carbon dioxide emissions.
As part of that goal, the company says its global offices will be powered by renewable energy by 2025. It also says it will design products to create less climate pollution and reduce emissions from manufacturing processes. Razer has also been trying to reduce waste this decade by eliminating single-use plastics from its offices and switching products to biodegradable packaging.
RAZER IS THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY COMPANY TO ANNOUNCE NEW CLIMATE TARGETS FOR A DECADE
It is the latest technology company to announce new climate targets for the decade. Razer's rival Logitech has also recently made commitments to reduce greenhouse gas pollution. It aimed to boost all electricity consumption globally from renewable energy by 2030. Last year, it began labeling its products by how much carbon dioxide they produce over their entire lifespan, from production to use and disposal.
Larger tech companies have set even more ambitious goals. Microsoft has been carbon neutral since 2012. He recently pledged to extract more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than it would release by 2030.
All these commitments need to prevent climate change from getting much worse than it is. Global carbon dioxide emissions need to be near zero by 2050 to avoid the worst effects of climate change, according to leading climate scientists.
To keep the world on track, companies like Razer will need to be transparent about moving towards their new goals. Razer did not specify how much of its emissions it plans to cut or how much it will try to offset or cancel by investing in things like forest conservation projects. In an email to The Verge, the company said reducing emissions by turning to renewable energy is "a priority"-but when that is "not available or possible," it will rely on things like forest-related offsets.
RAZER WILL NEED TO BE TRANSPARENT ABOUT HIS PROGRESS
Razer recently pledged to "save" 1 million trees through fundraising for the nonprofit group Conservation International. To raise money for this effort, he sells his mascot "Sneki Snek" and plush other merchandise. Trees can trap and store carbon dioxide - but relying on them to save our asses from climate change has faced criticism from scientists. There has been a history of forestry projects failing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the long term. This means that for Razer to have the greatest impact on the climate, it will need to follow through on reducing emissions as much as possible.