Reducing Our Global Environmental Impact

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.

Cloud Transformation
Our investment in cloud technology exemplifies the alignment between our business strategy and our ESG priorities.  Since 2018, Equifax has invested an incremental $1.5 billion in game-changing cloud technology and industry-leading security. Through this bold strategic investment, we are moving our technology infrastructure and data assets to the cloud, which will improve our stability, efficiency and responsiveness to customers, and accelerate our ability to innovate to deliver new products that better serve our customers and consumers.

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

Sustainability Commitment
Equifax is partnering with Google to benefit from its cloud platform and office solutions. Through its environmental initiatives, Google offsets our digital footprint with renewable energy. Per Google's cloud sustainability commitment, Google matches 100% of the energy consumed by its global operations with renewable energy and maintains a commitment to carbon neutrality. As a result, by leveraging Google for our cloud technology, every transfer to the cloud and removal from our legacy data centers will be offset with renewable energy and reduce our environmental impact. During 2019, we decommissioned four data centers, 550 legacy servers and 475 legacy applications.
Future Global Transition
Based on current course and speed, Equifax is on track to dramatically reduce our technology-driven carbon footprint through a global transition to Google's 100% renewable powered cloud data centers. By the end of 2020, we expect to power all new products with 100% renewable energy and zero carbon footprint additions, and as of 2020, we are working toward the following environmental targets associated with our cloud transformation:
41%+
reduction in carbon footprint by the end of 2022
60%+
reduction in carbon footprint by the end of 2023
76%+
reduction in carbon footprint by the end of 2025
Focus on Efficiency
As we progress through our cloud transformation journey, we are also taking steps to more efficiently manage our onsite data centers. 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.
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 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.
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
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More-efficient LED lighting
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Daylight and ocuppancy sensors in our offices
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High efficiency boilers, chillers, and HVAC systems to optimize energy usage
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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.
Achievement of ISO Certification in the United Kingdom

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.