EMT Madrid able to verify and certify its carbon footprint

For the first time, POLIS member, Madrid Municipal Transport Company (EMT Madrid) has been able to verify and certify its carbon footprint in direct and indirect emissions, providing key information to establish strategies to reduce consumption and emissions, as well as to address the offsetting of these.

The capacity to measure and monitor carbon emissions from transport is critical to Europe’s race towards climate neutrality. Cities and regions- many of whom are part of the European Commission’s Climate Neutral and Smart Cities Mission- are implementing cutting-edge measures to reduce dependency on polluting vehicles; yet, calibrating the impacts of these is frequently complex, and burdensome.

As a result, EMT Madrid’s new ability to calculate, verify and certify the direct and indirect emissions of its carbon footprint, comes at a critical time in the city’s drive for more sustainable urban mobility.

Today EMT reaches another milestone on its path towards decarbonisation, an objective in line with the Madrid 360 Environmental Sustainability Strategy and with the Strategic Plan that sets the course of the organisation until 2025, says the delegate for Urban Planning, Environment and Mobility, Borja Carabante.

The delegate for Urban Planning, Environment and Mobility, collecting the AENOR award. Credit: Ayuntamiento de Madrid

AENOR has favourably certified, and without any 'non-conformity', the municipal company's calculation of its greenhouse gas emissions. This calculation has taken into account Scope 1 emissions (direct emissions from the company's own and controlled sources), Scope 2 emissions (indirect emissions from the production of energy that the organization purchases) and Scope 3 emissions (indirect emissions from sources that are not owned by the company as customers, suppliers, commuting, or waste disposal).

Basic data to implement strategies and achieve objectives

The calculation and its verification provide key information for establishing strategies to reduce consumption and emissions, with the analysis allowing reflection on the points of action and the preparation of a Reduction Plan with the measures and the estimation of the reduction that it entails. This step involves obtaining the carbon footprint calculation seal from the Ministry for Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge. The next steps for the municipal company will be to comply with the established reduction targets and, finally, to achieve the compensation, in whole or in part, of its emissions.




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