At Equifax, we are reducing our global environmental impact by leveraging cloud technology, optimizing our data storage strategy, increasing the efficiency of our workplaces, enhancing our approach to utilizing our office space, and managing our waste. 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.
Our move to the cloud is also expected to have a positive environmental impact by significantly reducing our on-site technology operations and leveraging the environmental leadership of our cloud service provider, thus reducing our global carbon footprint.
“Not all clouds are equal. When we were evaluating our choices, environmental efficiency was a key consideration and we wanted a partner who was leveraging renewable sources for all of their operations.”
Bryson Koehler, CTO of Equifax
Based on the enhancements described here 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In the United Kingdom, Equifax is committed to the reduction of pollution related to our activities, products and services (energy, waste and travel). These commitments are managed via the implementation of an effective environmental management system, certified against the ISO 14001:2015 standard. We use this standard as a framework to achieve our intended environmental goals. The certification held in Europe helps demonstrate Equifax’s ongoing commitment to reduce our impact to the environment and promote sustainability within the organization.