Environment

We measure our Carbon Footprint

Our purpose is to carry out our operations with the lowest possible environmental impact. At Mercado Libre, environmental management is based on a process of continuous improvement that accompanies the sustainable growth of the business.

By measuring our Carbon Footprint, we can identify our operations' emission sources of greenhouse gases (GHG) and their critical points. With this information, we can define our objectives and the most effective reduction policies.

We use the measurement guidelines of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG) standard developed jointly by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the World Resources Institute (WRI).

Scope 2

10.194 t CO2e
+122% vs 2018

Scope 1

2967 t CO2e
+3475% vs 2018

Scope 3

188.305 t CO2e
-27% vs 2018

201.465 t CO2e

-23% vs 2018

Sustainable architecture

We create and design our workspaces with energy efficiency criteria in mind to reduce the environmental impact of our infrastructure. At all our operating centers, we focus on the responsible use of energy, implementing energy efficient technologies, such as motion sensors and LED lighting.

When renting a space for our offices, we give preference to LEED-certified buildings. The seal evaluates the selection of materials, the incorporation of energy efficiency, the use of alternative energies, the improvement of indoor air quality, the efficiency of water consumption, and the sustainable development of free spaces.

1,800 solar panels in Brazil (+20% of consumed energy)

84 solar panels in Cordoba, Argentina (+15% of consumed energy)

84 solar panels in Colombia (+5% of consumed energy)

Packaging

At the end of 2018, we incorporated bags made of 100% biodegradable and compostable material in the packaging of Mercado Envios in Argentina and Brazil. The first evaluation of the product will be completed with the implementation of 4 million bags of bioplastic in shipments from the company's intermediate distribution centers.

4 million bioplastic bags tested
We are the first e-commerce company in Latin America
to use bioplastics for shipments.

Rethink, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

In 2019, we eliminated the use of disposable cups and bottles in our offices in Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Uruguay, and replaced them with reusable items. In addition, we introduced the use of food containers made of compostable material at our headquarters in Argentina and Uruguay.

25 tons of plastic use avoided

Our program for the recovery of electrical and electronic devices allows us to put into use equipment in disuse by donating them to social organizations, such as Fundación Vivienda Digna and Fundación Equidad, in Argentina. In addition, as part of the move from the Arias building to Polo Dot, we recovered 133 furniture items, such as chairs, carpets, mats and modular sections.

317 computer equipment recovered and donated

133 furniture items recovered and donated

The offices in Uruguay and Chile have a sustained waste recovery rate above 50%, achieved thanks to the 100% recovery of their organic waste through composting. In 2019, we introduced a new composter in Brazil that allowed 100% of the organics generated there to be recovered, which allowed it to raise its total recovery rate above 50%.

100% of the organic waste recovered at our offices in Brazil, Uruguay and Chile

200 tons of materials recovered per year

43% of the total generated