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Scope3 Launches New ‘Climate Shield’ Plug-in for DSPs



Sustainability-focused programmatic data consultancy Scope3 has developed a new tool for demand-side platforms looking to find the most sustainable and efficient route to media: Climate Shield.

Released May 10, the tech integrates with DSPs to let media buyers block high-carbon publishers, with the aim of lowering the carbon footprint of an entire media buy on the open web. For most DSPs, it’ll live alongside brand safety tools, allowing advertisers to toggle the Climate Shield on and off in a similar manner, according to Scope3 co-founder Brian O’Kelley.

“Ideally, it’s the default for everything,” O’Kelley said. “Like brand safety should be the default.”

Scope3’s tech cuts the highest emitting publishers from the pool of inventory, many of which are “made for advertising” websites that don’t offer much in the way of effectiveness to advertisers anyway, explained O’Kelley. In that sense, it serves as a demand-side solution for carbon reduction in the same way that green PMPs do on the supply side.

Tools like Climate Shield are part of a broader effort in the ad-tech ecosystem to address both carbon emissions and excess intermediaries through supply-path optimization (SPO), demand-path optimization and green private marketplaces. SPO has been gathering pace over the last 18 months, with The Trade Desk debuting its direct-purchasing tool OpenPath, followed by similar efforts from SSPs like Magnite and PubMatic.

Scope3’s efforts have a different focus, though. “We’re not really trying to solve SPO directly,” O’Kelley explained. “We’re trying to avoid climate risk. So sites that are just really bad […] we’re not trying to find the best path to them. We’re just saying take them off your plan because there’s no good path. There’s inventory that we know is crap.”

Still, many of these efforts toward efficiency use similar tools and work toward similar results: fewer “made for advertising” websites and fewer intermediaries between the buyer and seller.

“All the efforts in SPO and DPO certainly help in reducing the number of stops,” Matt Prohaska, CEO and principal of Prohaska Consulting, told Adweek. “It’s just part of a broader move to be able to remove waste fraud fees, and—oh, by the way—carbon usage. We applaud everybody’s efforts in getting us to [net] zero as quickly as possible since we’re all racing against time.”

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