Annually carbon footprint calculation of services provided by Commonwealth of the Region of Pamplona (MCP/SCPSA), reduction and compensation of GHG.
Since 2014, MCP/SCPSA annually performs a complete analysis of all its facilities in order to calculate the volume of greenhouse gas emissions generated each year by the provision of its services:
• Integral Water Cycle
• Collection and Treatment of Municipal Solid Waste
• Regional Urban Transport.
One of the objectives of MCP/SCPSA is the improvement of the urban environment in the Pamplona (Navarra) Region. So, the carbon footprint is an effective factor to take into account the impacts of the provided services, applying a life cycle approach and identifying measures to climate change mitigation. MCP/SCPSA has approved a Strategic Plan, in which one of the more relevant targets is to be CARBON NEUTRAL IN 2030.
In addition, the calculation of the Carbon Footprint allows MCP/SCPSA to know and monitor the emissions sources, and, therefore, the possibility of obtaining economic savings derived from energy efficiency measures.
As a complementary measure to the emission reduction, MCP/SCPSA compensates its Carbon Footprint by purchasing emission rights. These rights are acquired in certified reforestation projects.
It is also worth mentioning that Carbon Footprint calculation improves transparency and credibility in the report to third parties and stakeholders (Citizens, Navarra Community Government, Employees, Suppliers and Clients of MCP).

Resources needed

Human resources: Director of Climate Change and strategic projects, Environmental manager, Quality assurance manager and Technicians from all the departments of the company.
Economic resources: EUR 58.000 first calculating and reporting (consulting company) + EUR 4.000/year for certification.

Evidence of success

Carbon footprint calculation, and the knowledge of the main emission sources, allow MCP to implement efficiency measures. These measures have resulted in the reduction of its emissions by 20.7% between 2014 and 2018, which is a first step forward in the MCP´s commitment to be carbon neutral by 2030.
Since 2018, MCP has the “I calculate, reduce, compensate” label for the management of the carbon footprint, being the first public commonwealth in Spain obtaining this label.

Difficulties encountered

The biggest difficulty was facing this task for the first time in a complex organization that provides 3 public services.
The difficulty in obtaining the necessary data and calculations was solved stablishing a sound cross-departments cooperation and a collaboration with an external provider.

Potential for learning or transfer

This good practice could be applicable in every country and region. It may be accomplished either with the support of an external assistance, or by own resources. It would be necessary to define the scope of the study adapted to the specific entity, and gather needed data. It is easy to adapt to the different services provided by each entity, including other services such as health admin, housing, health, education.

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Main institution
Comunidad Foral de Navarra, Spain (España)
Start Date
July 2020
End Date


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