1. What is Plan A? What type of entity are you?
Plan A’s mission is to empower companies to address the issues of climate change seamlessly by building tools that help them reduce their footprint.
Plan A has developed a software which helps businesses calculate, monitor and reduce their carbon footprint through tailored sustainability action plan and offsetting. The Plan A Algorithm uses over 300,000 data points to predict and prioritize the most critical environmental issues in each country and connect companies to the most impactful environmental projects.
PlanA.Earth is a registered GmbH in Berlin, Germany.
2. What are Plan A’s services?
We offer services aimed at making companies and individuals more sustainable. Specifically, we offer:
A software to calculate, monitor and reduce businesses’ carbon footprint
Sustainable action plans for teams to act directly on their sustainability
Certified carbon offsetting opportunities to balance remaining emissions
A news outlet for action promotion, education and success stories
A climate action network made of scientists, NGOs, active individuals and committed companies
3. Who is behind Plan A?
4. What companies does Plan A serve?
As the economic vessel of our societies, businesses have the power to orient, redistribute and create wealth in the right direction. Any companies with a genuine interest in becoming sustainable can use the Carbon Calculator and start offsetting with our partner projects for a minimum of 6 months.
We are always in search of actions and creative points of convergence with new companies. Whether you are a corporate actor or a rising business, a tech startup or a logistics company, a one-man show or a mittelstand, we are always trying to advance climate action. Please be part of it. Sign your company up to grow the ranks of positive and successful companies trailblazing the path to sustainability.
5. What is a data-driven platform?
Plan A uses data to predict where and how climate change will hit the hardest. With the insights we help companies with their efforts to become sustainable, understand their carbon emission levels and prepare for environmental risks ahead of the markets where they operate. We use publicly available satellite and field data.
6. What is the data behind Plan A?
Plan A works with the data published from various research findings (indices) and other publicly available data of climate change and environmental relevant indicators. The data originates from university research studies, international institutions and other authoritative knowledge centres. Here is a non-exhaustive list of datasets that Plan A has used:
Environmental Performance Index (EPI)
Sustainable Development Index (SDGI)
Climate Vulnerability and Readiness Index (CVRI)
World Risk Report (WRI)
Footprint Network (EF)
Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI)
World Bank Development Indicators (WB Dev. Ind.)
World Bank Climate Change Indicators (WB CC)
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Indicators (UNStat)
World Bank Energy and Environment Indicators (WB Ene. Envi.)
UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAOStat)
International Union for Conservation of Nature (Redlist)
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) (Data)
You can read it in the words of our Head of Data on our Climate Academy.
7. How does Plan A work with NGOs?
Plan A partners with non-governmental organisations to channel funding from the private sector towards climate action project. We support partner organisations by channelling funds, foster partnerships with the private sector, and providing access to a network of sustainability professionals and enthusiasts.
Here is what we do with organisations:
Connection with private sector funding
Partner environmental organisations are matched to partner companies offsetting their emissions as part of their Plan A carbon reduction programme. Partner organisations select projects that become available for offsetting-based financing.
Global Knowledge Sharing
All members of our community have access to a private climate action network, where they can benefit from expertise from across fields to start, pursue or support their green activities. We have a private platform where organisations can ask or give help, publicise their actions and find precious resources.
Resources for Organisational Capacity Building
Our team of organisations learn how to grow their capacity and global reach through resources and workshops available on our private platform. These include support in operational, marketing and organisational sectors.
The global nature of our platform allows you to feature your organisation on our list of partners to promote your cause to an international audience. You also get the opportunity to publish climate projects in our project portfolio. Global visibility is integral to attracting the support, skills and credibility that is necessary for your organisation to take effective climate action.
Plan A publishes positive, solutions-based content on a range of sustainability-related topics. Our partner organisations are invited to submit content that creates visibility for their work and engages a global audience on local climate issues with a voice from the front line.
8. Which NGOs are eligible to partner with Plan A?
Plan A welcomes partner organisations that are registered non-profit and non-governmental organisations as well as sustainable start-ups or businesses. We welcome projects from organisations working within or across Plan A’s 6 climate action themes: Forests, Oceans, Wildlife, Sustainable Energy, Sustainable Living and Waste Management.
We mainly support two types of projects:
Projects to reduce vulnerability to climate change
We work with our partner organisations to gain financing for community-based adaptation projects. We do this through our matchmaking programme which allows businesses and donors to be matched to projects addressing environmental issues related to the business’s activities. This allows companies to be able to understand their environmental impact and climate risk and then to financial support organisations to implement priority climate projects.
Projects to enable low-carbon development
We work with our organisational partners to provide financial opportunities to projects that mitigate carbon emissions or contribute to low-carbon sustainable development. We do this through partnering your low-carbon development project up with our member businesses that on a monthly basis offset any of their unavoidable operational level carbon emissions. This monthly carbon offsetting programme provides stable and regular funding for your organisation's mitigation activities.
Please go straight to our organisation page to know more about the requirements and eligibility factors.
9. What is our Partner Organisation selection process?
Our selection process is informed by a transparent, data-driven approach that helps us identify the most pressing climate issues in different locations around the world and the solutions with the highest potential impact. The selection of projects is carried out by our Research and Development team in close coordination with our Data team.
We take careful stock of all aspects of the project proposals with particular attention paid to the activity and budget design. Each project we host is thoroughly vetted for feasibility, transparency and scope. Each organisation we partner with is required to submit thorough documentation of their legal and financial status and track record.
10. Can I work with Plan A as an individual?
Absolutely. Plan A partners with individuals committed to making a difference in the fight against climate change.
You could be looking to partner up to create a project, or are simply willing to give some of your time to make real change happen right now. We can support you and help you access the resources you need to change things at your scope.
11. What is the Plan A Academy?
The Academy is where we publish news, information pieces and stories of sustainability. We publish data-backed, positive stories of climate action and provide reliable information for individuals and businesses to drive the narrative of climate change.
We create content to support the sustainable transition within companies and beyond. Feel free to email us if you would like to reuse or republish our content.
12. Can I contribute to the Academy?
Of course! Whether a visual or written piece, we love contributions. Submit your work at [email protected] with the subject line beginning with [Academy contribution:]. Our editorial board will then review and get back to you.
13. Can I become a volunteer or ambassador for Plan A?
Yes, you can! If you would like to contribute to the sustainable transition at your level, get in touch by filling in this volunteer/ambassador form. With your help, climate action can be louder, more efficient, and get more people involved. With our help, your voice can be heard. With your help, change can come about.
14. Why do you care?
We are united by the belief that climate action and organising the future around a sustainable model of development is our priority. As stewards of this planet, we have a responsibility to curb those negative effects and keep the planet habitable for as many species as possible (including us).
We care because we truly love our planet’s treasures and truly fear for their losses during our lifetimes.
At present, the climate change movement and its financing are fragmented and lack an affirmative, solutions-based roadmap to a more resilient and just future for our planet. We offer a solution to organise and prioritise climate action and channel capital from individuals, businesses and governments with a data-driven selection process of the projects and the areas we focus on.