Launched by Lucy Greenwood in 2019, the Greener Arbitrations Pledge is a promise by a growing group of arbitration practitioners to promote awareness of the environmental impact of arbitrations and to reduce the carbon footprint of their practice. Mishcon de Reya LLP has recently signed the Greener Arbitration Pledge, confirming its commitment to manage arbitrations in a sustainable way.
In practice, this means to be aware and to look for opportunities to reduce energy consumption and waste, correspond electronically unless hard copy correspondence is needed and avoid unnecessary travel where a virtual meeting will suffice, in all aspects of international arbitration. Heidrun Walsh, International Arbitration Associate, has joined the Pledge Steering Committee and will be closely involved in furthering this campaign and promote environmental awareness in the alternative dispute resolution sector. You can read more about the Pledge here.
This is the latest step by Mishcon to deliver on its net zero emissions commitment. Heidrun's appointment advances the Firm’s initiative to reduce emissions in all forms of dispute resolution, and follows the Firm's submission to the Civil Justice Council, calling for urgent research into how to decarbonise litigation in the English Courts.
Mishcon has committed to be a net zero emissions business. The Firm is establishing and working towards science-based targets to reduce its emissions in line with the Paris Agreement, signed in 2016 as part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and is proudly partnering with innovative businesses focussed on developing nature-based carbon capture solutions.