Magic circle participant additionally vows to scale back paper consumption and ramp up use of renewable electrical energy

Freshfields has pledged to scale back the variety of occasions its legal professionals jet the world over on enterprise as a part of a raft of recent measures to make the agency extra environmentally sustainable.

The magic circle participant has set its sights on lowering carbon emissions from enterprise journey by 30% over the following 5 years, with a selected give attention to air journey. Freshies additionally set the “bold” eco-goals of lowering paper utilization by 40% and section out single-use plastics in all of its places of work by the top of 2021.

The agency, which chalked-up a B for ‘eco-friendliness’ in our newest Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey, additionally pledged to buy 100% renewable electrical energy by 2030.

Georgia Dawson, Freshfields senior companion, commented:

“Our new setting technique, with its daring targets and robust give attention to the agency’s world carbon footprint, will guarantee Freshfields stays a sector chief in integrating environmental aims inside our enterprise. Constructing on our success in assembly the five-year targets we set in 2016, we’re assured that by way of our new technique we are able to obtain a profitable and sustainable future for our agency.”

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However Freshies eco-efforts stem past simply planes and paper. The outfit’s new HQ — 255,000 square feet of a shiny new skyscraper at 100 Bishopsgate — is known to characteristic sustainable furnishings fabricated from recyclable plastics.

It isn’t the primary agency to up its inexperienced endeavours, with Herbert Smith Freehills not too long ago announcing its aim of reducing carbon emissions to net-zero by 2030. CMS, in the meantime, has committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2025 as a part of its Local weather Motion and Sustainability programme.

Even future legal professionals are upping their eco efforts. Final 12 months Legal Cheek reported that the College of Nottingham Legislation Society hoped to grow to be the UK’s first carbon unfavourable legislation soc by ditching, amongst different issues, legislation agency brochures and paper tickets.

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