AEPD calculates its Carbon Footprint for the first time with Factors support

21 October 2020 | CO2


The Spanish Data Protection Agency (AEPD) has published its first Social Responsibility Report, in which they address the advances and challenges that the Agency has in sustainability from the social, economic, and environmental perspectives.

The Report sets out the internal and external commitments of the AEPD in line with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) for Agenda 2030 and identifies a total of 100 actions to be taken over the next five years.

Factor CO2 was the external company in charge of calculating its Carbon Footprint in order to quantify and report its Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. For this purpose, the expert team of Factor chose the year 2016 as the basis of the study due to the amount of traceable and verifiable information available, in addition to analysing also the years 2017, 2018 and 2019, with the aim of establishing a comparison and check the rise or fall of emissions over the years.

Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions were included in the calculation. On the other hand, with respect to the types of GHG included in the Carbon Footprint Factor considered those that, among the ones contemplated in the Kyoto Protocol, were generated by the activity that the organization develops. All this has been calculated in tCO2e.

The total footprint in 2016 reached 324.48 tons of carbon dioxide, while in 2017 it increased by 19%, to then decrease in 2018 a 7%, and in 2019 a 3%. These positive results helped them to obtain the "REDUZCO 2019" stamp. Furthermore, thanks to the study and analysis carried out, the AEPD now has a broader vision of its commitment to the environment and the fight against climate change in order to pursue the zero emissions goal.


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Source: Factor