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When businessman Karim Hussona was diagnosed with cancer it forced him to rethink his principles. That is why he launched the country’s first neutral internet provider, Zeronet.
Karim Hussona knows nothing that puts your life on the line like a cancer diagnosis.
Three years ago, cancer forced this successful businessman to rethink what he wanted to do with his time and what kind of contribution he wanted to leave to his community.
After talking with his children he realized that climate change will be a very important issue for their generation, and then he tried to think of a way to use his skills, communication and resources to help the environment.
The result is Zeronet, a new Internet service provider business that offers customers access to high-speed, carbon-free fiber Internet.
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Although Hussona has now received treatment and is in much better health, this focus on leaving the world a better place is the driving force behind his new venture, he said.
Although Internet use is not often thought of as a major carbon emitter, most websites produce two grams of C02 per page view, which adds up to a lot for the world’s Internet users, he said.
Zeronet aims to combat this by analyzing the carbon emissions of the business and its customers and reducing that by growing trees in the native forest and using solar panels for clean energy, he said.
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Unlike many other neutral businesses that issue their own carbon offset credits, Zeronet has developed its own carbon credits in-house, he said.
“We have planted trees, we have installed solar panels. We actually eat our own dogs, we don’t just buy certificates but we produce them ourselves,” said Hussona.
Zeronet’s offices and infrastructure are solar-powered, and its network allows customers to reuse old routers to reduce e-waste and carbon emissions, he said.
The business aimed to reduce 5000 tons of C02 in the atmosphere every year. To do that Zeronet will need between 20,000 and 30,000 customers.
To make the internet browsing of thousands of people neutral, the business will plant more than 200,000 trees in the next 5 years.
Zeronet internet packages start at $59.99 a month, and five trees will be planted for every new customer who signs up, he said.
Hussona hopes that this new business will be seen as a call for other businesses to look at their processes and see how they can reduce carbon emissions.
“Every person has the ability to make a small change, which if we put together can create a big change. It’s about changing behavior and choosing businesses that reflect that.
“Whether it’s your KiwiSaver, your internet or whatever. “Choosing to support a sustainable business can help you live a sustainable life,” said Hussona.
In the next few years consumers will be given the opportunity to judge subscription-based businesses such as Internet providers with the same environmental standards for light bulbs, heat pumps and other energy-using goods, he said.
“It’s all about saving as much energy as possible, while ensuring that the energy you use is produced from renewable sources. Eliminating waste, cutting carbon, and living a sustainable life,” she said.