Leading UK law firms commit to reducing carbon emissions

September 7, 2011 Legalweek has reported on a new initiative under which leading UK law firms have signed up to a public commitment to reduce carbon emissions. Linklaters, DLA Piper and Allen & Overy are among a number of other large law firms have announced reduction targets as part of a cooperative effort under the Legal Sector Alliance – a group of law firms that are dedicated to reducing emissions in the legal industry.

Linklaters intends to reduce its carbon emissions by 4.3% in 2011-12, and has set a long-term target to cut carbon emissions by 45% from a 2006-07 baseline by 2050. Linklaters environment manager Leilani Weier said: "We see ourselves as a responsible business and it's our responsibility to help reduce carbon emissions, whether that is through better building management, upgrading our lighting to motion sensors or introducing telepresence to reduce travel."

LSA chairman and DLA Piper managing partner Nigel Knowles said: "LSA members have consistently taken a leadership position on climate change and we recognise that by publicly committing to carbon reduction targets we are continuing to drive change and real carbon reduction across the profession."

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