Facility upgrades continue to increase energy efficiency.
In 2022, Equifax’s Costa Rica location was certified as carbon neutral by INTECO, the Technical Standards Institute of Costa Rica, based on the INTE/ISO 14064‐1:2006 and INTE B5:2016 standards. This important certification exemplifies our Costa Rica team's commitment to environmental sustainability. Further, in the United Kingdom, Equifax is managing our commitment to reduce pollution related to our activities via the implementation of an effective environmental management system, certified against the ISO 14001:2015 standard.
As of early 2023, the Equifax real estate portfolio included seven Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified buildings in North and South America, three Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) Excellent rated buildings in the United Kingdom, one National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) and three Green Star rated buildings in Australia. While these Equifax buildings do not represent the majority of our worksites, our global real estate team includes energy efficiency as a factor in determining new office locations.
As we progress through our cloud transformation journey, we are also taking steps to more efficiently manage our remaining onsite data centers, such as optimizing our HVAC systems and implementing cold aisle containment processes.
In 2022, we further enhanced our internal rigor by establishing a Finance and Accounting team who manage a global monthly process, and investing in SalesForce Net Zero Cloud to track our GHG emissions. We significantly reduced our GHG emissions, primarily through our investment in renewable energy and our continued decommissioning of data centers as part of our Equifax Cloud strategy. Our reduction in emissions was partially offset by an increased footprint from our late 2021 and early 2022 acquisitions, as well as an increase in office usage and business travel, as employees began to revert to their pre-COVID travel and work arrangements.
2021In 2021, we published our GHG emissions data for the first time and made a commitment to reach net-zero GHG emissions by 2040. In 2021, our GHG emissions were positively impacted by a combination of data center decommissions, office consolidation, and an improvement in overall energy efficiency of the Atlanta power market resulting in a reduced emissions factor. Our 2021 GHG emissions were negatively impacted by the availability of more complete information regarding our data centers, an increased footprint from eight acquisitions completed during the year, and an irregular increase in the use of refrigerant required for the year (scope 1).
A number of factors contributed to the reduction in our GHG emissions between 2019 and 2020. As with most companies, we saw a reduction in office usage and business travel related to the COVID pandemic that resulted in lower GHG emissions. In 2020, we strategically consolidated a number of locations to promote productivity and increase efficiency of space utilization. These space utilization measures decreased our overall energy usage and the corresponding GHG emissions. Our cloud transformation also positively impacted our GHG emissions as we decommissioned data centers and legacy servers and applications.
Last updated: March 23, 2023
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