Reducing Our Global Environmental Impact
At Equifax, we are reducing our global environmental impact by increasing the efficiency of our workplaces, enhancing our approach to utilizing our office space, managing our waste, optimizing our data storage strategy, and managing our carbon footprint. Our environmental management efforts are important to our employees, investors, customers, and communities; they reinforce our corporate values and reduce expenses to help drive our business objectives.

We recognize that as our workforce evolves and technologies change, Equifax will continue to identify improvements that address our company’s climate-related risks while providing economic benefits.

Workplace Enhancements

We have enhanced our workplaces by targeting environmentally efficient buildings for our office space and upgrading our workplaces to further increase efficiency.

As of year-end 2019, the Equifax real estate portfolio included six LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified buildings in North and South America, three BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) Excellent rated buildings in the United Kingdom, and two highly-rated NABERS (National Australian Built Environment Rating System) (3.5 and higher) and Green Star (4.0 and higher) buildings in Australia.
Facility Upgrades Increase Energy Efficiency
More-efficient LED lighting
Daylight and ocuppancy sensors in our offices
High efficiency boilers, chillers, and HVAC systems to optimize energy usage
Biodiverse landscaping and buildings with greenspaces
Supporting Employees' Use of Electric Cars
We are supporting our employees’ use of electric vehicles by purchasing and installing electric car charging stations at our company-owned buildings and offering similar options at our leased facilities.

In Atlanta, we have installed nearly 60 electric car charging stations for our employees. These charging stations are not only an added convenience for employees, but also support our efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by encouraging the use of electric vehicles.

Space Utilization Initiatives

As we review our physical office space requirements around the world, we have established space utilization standards and metrics that help reduce our space needs while encouraging employee collaboration and productivity.

We invest in technology and workspaces that enhance flexibility within our offices and reduce the overall square footage required for our operations. We have also introduced policies that enable flexible work environments, such as telecommuting, that reduce the number of employees commuting to and from our offices, thus reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Additionally, we have taken steps to encourage alternative transportation to and from some of our more urban offices by promoting public transportation, carpooling, bicycling, or walking when possible.

Waste Management Initiatives

We have undertaken a number of initiatives to reduce the waste produced at our offices. We reduced, and in many cases eliminated, personal waste bins at desks in favor of more efficient central trash and recycling bins.

With respect to paper waste, we shred and recycle paper documents within our offices and program all printers to print double sided to reduce paper usage and waste.

We also responsibly dispose of electronic waste, such as laptops and monitors, through a third-party recycling organization. We continue to explore strategies and identify relevant opportunities to reduce waste and save money.

Data Storage Strategy Optimization

While data and analytics are an integral part of our business, we understand that data centers consume a significant amount of energy.

To help reduce total energy usage at our data centers and corresponding expenses associated with that usage, we have taken specific operational measures, such as optimizing our HVAC systems and implementing cold aisle containment processes.

Additionally, as part of our transformation strategy, we are moving a significant portion of our technology infrastructure to the cloud. We expect this cloud transition to reduce our data center requirements and, through an economy of scale at our cloud service provider, reduce the overall energy usage associated with our data storage.

We will continue to monitor the energy usage impact as we implement our cloud-based technology transformation that also improves data flow and security.

Carbon Footprint Management

We have reviewed and refined our processes for tracking and monitoring our carbon footprint. We initially focused our tracking efforts on our U.S. operations, but are working to expand our scope and implement a global tracking process.

Based on the enhancements described above and other relevant initiatives, we have seen our overall carbon footprint trend generally flat since we started measuring in 2015, despite adding 400,000+ square feet to the Equifax real estate portfolio, and we have seen a reduction in CO2 per square foot through 2019.

As we continue to review and standardize our global monitoring processes, we may provide more quantitative information on our global carbon footprint in the future.