Protecting the Environment

We are committed to helping tackle climate change and reducing our impact on the environment. We have committed to be carbon neutral* by 2030 and have set a science-based target.

As an information services business, the main environmental impact we control is the carbon footprint of our offices, data centres and business travel. We are also working to better understand and manage the climate impact of our supply chain, and aim to reduce our environmental footprint further by eliminating the use of single-use plastic in our facilities as far as possible.

Experian is a public supporter of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). You can find our full TCFD statement here, plus further details on our focus on protecting the environment in our 2021 CDP response.

Our climate goals

  • Become carbon neutral in our own operations by 2030¹

Science-based target:

  • Scope 1 and 2 (1.5ºC scenario): Reduce absolute Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 50% by 2030 (from 2019)

  • Scope 3 (2oC scenario): Reduce Scope 3 emissions from Purchased Goods and Services, Business Travel, and Fuel-and-energy-related activities² by 15% by 2030 (from 2019)

  • Offset 100% of our Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2025¹

 

1 Includes all Scope 1 and 2 emissions, as well as Scope 3 emissions from Purchased Goods and Services, Business Travel, and Fuel-and-energy-related activities (which represent 83% of our baseline emissions in Scope 3). This is aligned with the boundaries covered by our science-based target approved by the Science Based Target initiative. Once emission reductions have been achieved in line with our science-based target, Experian will offset the remaining emissions within the boundaries of our science-based target to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030.

2 Also known as ‘well-to-tank’, is an average of all the greenhouse gas emissions released into the atmosphere from the production, processing and delivery of a fuel or energy.

Science-based target

Our science-based target has been approved by the SBTi. The SBTi’s Target Validation Team has classified Experian’s scope 1 and 2 target ambition and has determined that it is in line with a 1.5°C trajectory. See our SBTi certificate.

Our carbon neutral journey

 

Glossary

Science-based targets
Targets adopted by companies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are considered “science-based” if they are in line with what the latest climate science says is necessary to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement – to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees C above pre-industrial levels and pursue efforts to limit warming to 1.5 degrees C. These targets need to be developed in accordance with the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi) criteria and submitted to their scientific committee for validation.

Scope 1 emissions
Scope 1 covers direct emissions from owned or controlled sources. (For example, gas consumption, diesel used in our generators and company vehicles).

Scope 2 emissions
Scope 2 covers indirect emissions from the generation of purchased electricity, steam, heating and cooling consumed by the company.

Scope 3 emissions
Scope 3 includes all other indirect emissions that occur in a company’s value chain.

 

* Includes all scope 1 and 2 emissions, plus within scope 3 the categories of ‘purchased goods & services’, ‘business travel’ and ‘well to tank’ (which represent 83% of our baseline emissions in scope 3). This is aligned with the emissions covered by our science-based target approved by the SBTi.