Spain's Guardia Civil To Measure
Its Own Carbon Footprint
19 JUL - Spain's Guardia Civil will start measuring its own carbon footprint.
The Spanish Ministry of the Interior announced that the country’s Guardia Civil (Civil Guard) will be the first national police force, which will take concrete steps to calculate, reduce and compensate for the environmental impact of its activities. In other words, it will try to lessen its carbon footprint.
That initiative will reportedly place it among the few police forces in the world that are actively trying to become ‘greener’. For this purpose, the Guardia Civil has registered with the Spanish Office for Climate Change (OECC). The latter, as part of the country’s ecological ministry, is the body in charge of registering this calculation of the amount of greenhouse gases that administrations, organizations and companies generate in their daily activities.
The OECC’s registry collects the efforts made in the calculation, reduction and compensation of greenhouse gas emissions generated by the police force activities, and it is all done as a voluntary act. Each of these three activities when successfully completed, grants a stamp of approval by the OECC. “The process of calculating the carbon footprint is very complex for an organization like the Civil Guard, both because of its extensive deployment throughout the national territory, and because it has a large number of personnel, barracks, and land, air, and sea vehicles,” says a statement from the police force.
In order to take the next step and achieve the "REDUCE" objective, the Guardia Civil is going to make data from the last four years available to the OECC, so it will also be possible to measure the carbon footprint since 2019, and thus analyze its evolution in this period.
Guardia Civil is the oldest law enforcement agency in Spain, dating back to the 1840s.