Make your shipping carbon-neutral with the Planet app
If you want to make your shipments carbon-neutral, then you can subscribe to the Planet app. With the Planet app you can do the following:
- Make your shipments carbon-neutral by funding innovative companies that pull carbon dioxide (CO2) out of the atmosphere and store it.
- Add a Planet badge to your online store to showcase your commitment to shipping carbon-neutral to your customers.
- Access analytics such as your carbon footprint, total delivery distance, or how much carbon you've removed.
The Planet app is estimated to cost from 0.035 USD to 0.15 USD per order depending on which subscription plan you select. Actual costs might vary based on shipping distance, package weight, and mode of transportation.
Understanding carbon removal
The Planet app neutralizes your shipping emissions and removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Carbon removal is the process of capturing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and then storing it.
For example, if a truck or a plane that delivers your shipment releases 1 kg of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere, and you are subscribed to the Planet app, then Shopify ensures that 1kg of CO2 is also sucked from the atmosphere and stored away using solutions and technologies in Shopify Sustainability Fund.
There is a fast-growing and evolving sector with many carbon removal technologies in different stages of development. These technologies include nature-based solutions, such as reforestation and soil carbon sequestration and more high-tech solutions, such as direct air capture and mineralization.
The Planet app subscriptions plans
The Planet app has three subscription plans that neutralize your shipping emissions. All solutions and technologies that you support with the Planet app are from the Shopify Sustainability Fund and meet Shopify's high quality bar.
Review the following table to learn more about the Planet app subscription plans:
|Plan||Price estimate||Price per tonne of CO2||Description|
|Decade||0.035 USD per order||35 USD per tonne of CO2||
|Century||0.08 USD per order||80 USD per tonne of CO2||
|Millennium||0.15 USD per order||150 USD per tonne of CO2||
Price per order listed above are estimates from Shopify-wide data on average emissions per order, but the actual cost per order for your store might vary based on shipping distance, package weight, and mode of transportation.
Calculating your shipping emissions
The Planet app combines data from your store with industry data and peer-reviewed models to estimate how much CO2 your shipments release into the environment. Because the Planet app makes sure that CO2 shipping emissions are removed entirely, all values that are used in the data models are rounded up.
Review the following table to learn more about the which data is used to determine shipping emissions:
|Factor||Primary value||If primary value isn't available|
|Weight||Weight of the shipment||An average shipment weight|
|Distance||Distance traveled according to the tracking data||Straight-line distance between the origin and destination address, multiplied by an uncertainty factor of 1.5|
|Type of transportation||Truck or plane carbon emissions, determined by speed and distance||Truck emissions|
To estimate your emissions, the Planet app uses order tracking data associated with the tracking number assigned to the shipment. If the tracking number isn’t available or the shipping carrier isn’t supported, then the Planet app multiplies the estimated emissions by an uncertainty factor of 1.5. The uncertainty factor helps make sure that all your emissions are removed. If any data is inconsistent or missing, then the Planet app uses a reasonable maximum value instead.
For example, suppose that you ship a package from Boston to New York. The straight-line distance is 305.94 km, but the shortest road route is around 350 km. If tracking data is available, then the Planet app uses the exact distance traveled.
However, if no tracking data is provided, then 305.94 km is used in the base calculation, and the resulting emissions would be multiplied by 1.5. This calculation accounts for variations in the route, such as distances traveled from post offices and distribution centers, and the route taken by the courier to deliver the package to your customer's door.
Understanding your charges
After you install the Planet app, a monthly estimate of your carbon removal costs is displayed based on the latest data from your store and Shopify averages.
You're charged for any order that is considered delivered within the past 30 days. If tracking information is available, then an order is considered delivered when the tracking information says it is delivered. If there is no tracking information, then an order is considered to be delivered 14 days after the order was placed by the customer. If an order is cancelled before fulfillment, then you aren't charged for that order.
Your shipments might be carbon neutral through Shopify by other methods than the Planet app, such as Shop Pay or other seasonal campaigns. If an order's carbon emissions are removed using a different service from Shopify, then you aren't charged through the Planet app.
If the cost to remove your emissions for the past 30 days is less than 0.01 USD, then the charge is rounded up to 0.01 USD.
Considerations for using the Planet app
Review the following considerations for using the Planet app:
- The models and estimates aren’t exact, but the Planet app overestimates your emissions to make sure that they’re entirely removed.
- The Planet app removes only carbon (CO2) emissions that account for 95% of the climate impact from burning fossil fuels for transportation. Other emissions such as CH4, N2O, and GHG aren’t removed.
- Orders that are shipped by sea transportation don't generate the data required to accurately calculate emissions. Instead, industry-accepted alternative methods are used to calculate emissions.
- The Planet app currently focuses on addressing emissions from shipping-related transportation.
Install the Planet app
- Go to the Planet app page on the Shopify App Store.
- Click Add app.
- Review the app permissions, and then click Install app.
Adding the Planet badge to your online store
If you want to showcase to your customers that your orders are carbon-neutral, then you can add the Planet badge to your online store. Before you can add the Planet badge to your online store, you need to subscribe to the Planet app.
Add the Planet badge to an Online Store 2.0 theme
If you're using an Online Store 2.0 theme, then you can add the Planet badge to any page of your online store directly from your theme editor.
From your Shopify admin, click Settings > Apps and sales channels.
From the Apps and sales channels page, click Online store.
Click Open sales channel.
In the Current theme section, click Customize.
Select the page where you want to add the Planet badge, such as Home page or Cart.
Add the badge to an existing or new section:
- To add the badge to an existing section, click Add block, and then select Shopify Planet.
- To add the badge to a new section, click Add section, and then select Shopify Planet.
Add the Planet badge to a vintage or custom theme
To add the Planet badge to a vintage or custom theme, you need to manually edit your theme's code.
From your Shopify admin, click Settings > Apps and sales channels.
From the Apps and sales channels page, click Planet.
Click Open app.
In the Planet badge display section, click Add badge.
Copy the following code snippet:
Go to one of the following files to add the badge:
Paste the code snippet where you want the badge to be displayed, and then click Save.
Click Preview to review how the badge is displayed on your online store.