Mishcon de Reya has joined seven other leading UK law firms in signing up to the Net Zero Law Initiative to help accelerate the legal profession’s journey to Net Zero. The firms have set ambitious targets to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent over the next five years to help fight the global climate crisis.
The Net Zero Law Initiative, curated by Net Zero Now, is based on a Law sector-specific roadmap to Net Zero developed during 2023 with input from academics, climate experts and a pilot group of sector leaders as well as Greener Litigation and The Law Society.
The law firms participating in the Net Zero Law Initiative will measure and report on their emissions using Net Zero Now’s platform, and evidence their own performance in reducing their emissions versus government benchmark figures. The Initiative is aligned with the latest global climate science, including the SBTi, and the Greenhouse Gas Protocol.
The eight law firms are: Aardvark Planning; Cartridges Law; Cripps; Fenwick Elliott; Hill Dickinson; Mills & Reeve; Mishcon de Reya and MSB Solicitors. All the firms have worked with Net Zero Now to undertake a full calculation of their greenhouse gas emissions – the vital first step in enabling action to reduce them. Net Zero Now calculates that if all UK law firms signed up to the Initiative, the emissions of the legal profession could be reduced by as much as 400,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions over five years.
David Rothera, Head of Business Development at Net Zero Now, commented: “Law firms have a huge influence on the way we do business in the UK, advising senior leaders and influencing critical business decisions. By showing that they take the transition to a more planet-positive future seriously, these law firms are leading the way for the entire sector, and our wider economy, to take action. Net Zero Now exists to fight the climate crisis and boost business success – our experience across multiple sectors shows the two go hand in hand. Law firms that join this important Initiative can help attract and retain staff, reduce costs and meet the increasing demand for clients for law firms who are aligned with their own climate commitments.”
Jasmine Henricson, Sustainability Manager at Mishcon de Reya, commented: “Participating in the Net Zero Law Initiative marks a significant step in Mishcon de Reya's commitment to decarbonization and the development of a robust carbon reduction plan to achieve Net Zero emissions. Our objectives include enhancing our sustainability impact, elevating reporting standards, and fostering collaboration to drive innovation across the legal sector and we have already transitioned to 100% renewable energy in our London offices and integrated nature-based carbon capture to address unavoidable emissions. We look forward to working collaboratively across the legal sector to create a greener, more sustainable world.”
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