We believe that even companies working in cyberspace can do so in a sustainable manner.
.eu’s operations are the most environmentally responsible of any TLD in Europe. We are the first European TLD registry to be registered by the EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS).
We are proud to set an example for the domain name industry.
EURid has taken an environmentally responsible approach to operating .eu for many years. Our environmental policy is based on the principle of “reduce, reuse and recycle” and provides a framework for making sustainable choices.
The EMAS registration formalises our ongoing activities and demonstrates our public commitment to further improving our environmental footprint. These activities include:
- Energy efficiency: EURid’s data centre in the Netherlands has been hosted by one of Europe’s greenest providers, TelecityGroup, since Spring 2010. In addition to data security, we work with TelecityGroup because they offer reduced energy consumption and carbon emissions, renewable energy sources and innovative technologies that improve power and cooling efficiencies.
- Resource efficiency: EURid has issued registrar invoices electronically since 1 May 2012. Using less paper and envelopes not only benefits the environment, it is also more cost efficient. Similarly, marketing literature is printed on paper approved by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) using biodegradable inks.
- Responsible events: When organising conferences and events for .eu registrars or participating in industry trade fairs and meetings, we apply criteria from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) meeting guide to ensure that these events, and associated travel, are as environmentally sound as possible.
Policy and objectives
The EMAS and ISO 14001 Environmental Statement 2012-2015 (pdf) outlines EURid’s environmental policy, objectives and activity programme for the next three years.
The EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) is a voluntary management tool for companies and other organisations to evaluate, report and improve their environmental performance. This scheme helps companies optimise their production processes, reduce environmental impacts and use resources more efficiently.
EURid achieved EMAS registration in May 2012. Our registration number is BE-VL-000016.