Heidi Walsh, Managing Associate in the International Arbitration team, has been appointed co-chair of the Europe Sub-Committee of the Campaign for Greener Arbitration. Launched in 2019 by Lucy Greenwood, the Campaign for Greener Arbitration is an initiative to reduce the environmental impact of international arbitration practices, with a growing global community of arbitrators committed to reducing the carbon footprint of their practice.
The Europe Sub-Committee, which includes arbitrators, practitioners and representatives of arbitral institutions from over 30 European jurisdictions, will be led by Heidi Walsh and her co-chairs Nathalie Allen Prince of Addleshaw Goddard and Helin Laufer of Herbert Smith Freehills. The committee will work together to raise awareness for the campaign's Green Pledge, Green Protocol and promote sustainability within the arbitration community across Europe.
This appointment reinforces Mishcon de Reya's commitment to delivering on its net-zero pledge, set out in the Firm's Climate Change Strategy. It comes as the Firm received confirmation of its successful reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, in line with the target review process carried out by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). Mishcon is among 2000 firms listed on the STBi, and demonstrates the Firm is on track to reduce emissions by 4.2% annually for the next 10 years to reach the 1.2 degree C reduction goal.
As part of Heidi's commitment to promoting greener arbitration, she will also be joining Arbitra's "COP26 Dispute Resolution Aftermath" panel discussion on Thursday 2nd December to offer insight on how the decisions made at COP26 may impact the arbitration sector. More information is available here.