AfB Climate Protection Certificates - More than Compensation

Regional - Transparent - Verifiable - Promotes 7 SDGs - "Ex post" impact

AfB uses the carbon offset mechanism to strengthen the circular economy as a building block for solving the global climate crisis. By refurbishing used IT hardware, we significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions compared to new production.

In practice, it is not cost-covering to refurbish all IT devices handed over to AfB, even if it would be valuable from an ecological and social point of view. For example, hardware damage can lead to increased repair costs. This is where the AfB climate protection project comes in and enables the refurbishment and remarketing of these IT devices. With the AfB climate protection project, many thousands of tonnes of CO2e can be offset annually.


Project type    

Maximising the useful life of IT and mobile devices whose refurbishing would have been unprofitable from a purely economic point of view and thus would have had to be recycled



CO2 saving   

16,800 tonnes of CO2e in 2020; calculation of subsequent years after the end of the year in each case

Project status       

Continuously and indefinitely, certificates are available, quantity tends to increase annually

Situation without the project

More resource-intensive production of new devices with associated CO2 emissions

Significant impact

- Reduction of GHG emissions
- Resource conservation
- Reduction of e-waste and avoidance of e-waste exports
- Reduction of water consumption
- Reduction of toxicities
- Creating and maintaining inclusive and regional jobs in Germany
- Supporting digital education

Contribution to the SDGs

4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 17

Contribution to the European Green Deal     

- Climate protection goals for 2030 and 2050
- Conservation & restoration of ecosystems & biodiversity
- Zero pollution goal
- Circular economy


Global Climate®, based on the Gold Standard

Special features Regional - Transparent - Verifiable - Promotes 7 SDGs - "Ex post" impact

Buy a climate protection certificate

You can purchase CO2 certificates directly from us in the AfB online shop. Please note that only Paypal or credit cards are accepted as payment methods for direct purchases in our online shop.  

If you would like to purchase on account or purchase larger quantities of CO2, please send us an enquiry via the contact form.

What is special about AfB's climate protection certificate?

AfB's climate protection project reduces CO₂ emissions, supports circular economy and promotes inclusion.

Refurbishment of unprofitable IT devices

With the proceeds of the climate protection certificate, we finance the refurbishment of unprofitable IT devices for secondary use. This saves us additional CO2 emissions - "ex post" (i.e. the CO2 reduction was already achieved before the certificates were issued).

Strengthen sustainable remarketing

AfB deliberately forgoes revenue from third countries and tries to refurbish IT devices despite their inefficiency and also make them available for charitable purposes.

Promote inclusion

With the climate protection project, you promote inclusion in the first labour market of people with disabilities. AfB designs accessible and inclusive workplaces to refurbish decommissioned IT devices.

Transparency and regionality

Get a personal impression of AfB's climate protection project in Germany. Visit us at our headquarters or as part of a virtual live tour.

The four steps of Take, Make, Use and Reuse of the circular economy in a circular impact diagram.

The Circular Economy as a Driving Force for More Climate Protection

Circular economy has the potential to reduce resource consumption, the generation of avoidable waste, the overuse of ecosystems (e.g. biodiversity) and environmental damage, but above all to avoid greenhouse gas emissions and at the same time to contribute to a more equitable prosperity.

Circular economy could reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by 39%. (Circularity Gap Report)

Sample AfB Climate Certificate

Your certificate

The AfB climate protection project is certified according to the Global Climate® Gold Standard. Global Climate has a circle of shareholders consisting of experienced tax advisors, sustainability experts and expertise in CO2 balancing through the cooperation with the Institute for industrial ecology (Pforzheim University of Applied Sciences). As a result, the CO2 accounting, certification and registry management meet high tax advisor quality standards.

Altan Günsoy

"We, as Global Climate, support companies that promote climate protection honestly and transparently. Therefore, we are happy about the good partnership with AfB."

Altan Günsoy
Founder of Global Climate|® GmbH

Winner of the B.A.U.M. Environment and Sustainability Award 2021

For seven SDGs

Seven SDG icons next to a sample certificate of the AfB climate protection project

With the climate protection project, you support active and effective climate protection at regional locations in Germany and contribute to seven UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In doing so, you achieve an impact beyond pure CO2 savings.

FAQ about the climate protection certificate

What is Circular Economy?
What does additionality mean (and to what extent is this criterion met by AfB's climate protection project)?
What distinguishes AfB's climate protection project from other providers?
Where can I purchase a climate protection certificate?
What does the criterion of double counting say (and to what extent is this criterion met by the AfB climate protection project)?
What proportion of the revenue from the climate certificates goes to the climate protection project?
What does a climate protection certificate cost?
Why is the time of issue of certificates decisive ("ex ante" or "ex post")?

Offset your emissions regionally with AfB

By refurbishing IT hardware and enabling secondary use, we significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions compared to new production. At the same time, we analyse our process steps with regard to their environmental impact and act in an ecologically responsible manner. In this way, we act so sustainably on the market that you can offset many thousands of tonnes of CO2e annually through AfB to compensate for your carbon footprint. By the way, as a partner of AfB you benefit from reduced prices.


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