EQO has been recently awarded by the Barcelona Metropolitan Area (BMA) to undertake the update and the assessment of the Carbon Footprint for the whole organisation with the information available in 2014. The assignment includes the Carbon Footprint analysis of 52 facilities within the areas of Water Supply and Treatment, Waste Treatment and Recycling, Energy Recovery, Mobility and Transport, Urban parks and beaches, and Office buildings among others.

The project will consist of the elaboration of a GHG emissions inventory following the ISO 14064 standard and the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (Scope 1, 2, and 3) and the analysis of a set of carbon indicators. The analysis will be carried on the BMA facilities and all their concessionaires. The service will also include the revision and improvement of the BMA Carbon tool, the key instrument used in the GHG emissions inventory.

The project which is run within the framework of the BMA Carbon Strategy is also expected to include the revision of the GHG emission goals by area and by facility in an attempt to improve their carbon performance. The project will also include the carbon footprint assessment of the waste sector of 36 municipalities of the Barcelona Metropolitan Area.

In 2013 the BMA carbon emissions were estimated in 822.708 tons of CO2eq, a 2.2% increase against the previous year. The BMA climate change goal is to reduce by 10% their GHG emissions by 2015 compared to 2011. The carbon emissions corresponding to 2011, 2012, and 2013 were audited and certified by an independent certification body.

In this assignment EQO will provide their consulting expertise in the field of the design of Climate Change Action Plans and Strategies, including the elaboration of GHG emissions inventories and the development of carbon management tools.

With a population of around 5 million, the Barcelona Metropolitan Area is the most populous metropolitan area on the Mediterranean coast, and one of the largest in Europe. The BMA is an entrusted body with water supply and waste management providing service to 36 municipalities and serving a population of 3,2 million people in an area of 636 km2.