Legal profession reduces carbon emissions

The UK legal sector has reduced its carbon emissions by nearly 35,000 tonnes in 2011, according to a new report.

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Released this week, the Legal Sector Alliance (LSA) study shows emissions have declined steadily over the last three years, with the period showing an average reduction of 18%, compared with 12% over the previous three-year reporting period.

Launched in 2007, the LSA aims to take action on climate change by following seven principles including; reducing the carbon footprint of their operations, integrating awareness of climate change across business and engaging in public debate on climate change.

It also pledges to report on the sector’s progress, as well as set new carbon reduction targets.

LSA chairman Sir Nigel Knowles, said: “In joining the Legal Sector Alliance, law firms make a commitment to take action on climate change. Understanding the impact we are having isn’t just important, it is our purpose.

“Telling each other what we are doing – the challenges we face and the ways in which we are overcoming them – is how we deliver the success we set out to achieve.”

Carys Matthews

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