reduced UK energy consumption by 30%.
We all have a responsibility to help tackle climate change and protect our planet. And it’s one we take very seriously.
We push the boundaries every day with our legal advice and business transformation services – and we’re doing the same with our environmental initiatives and commitments too.
Everybody here is passionate about doing their bit, because when we work together as individuals, it can make a huge difference. Between 2015 and 2020 we:
reduced UK energy consumption by 30%.
reduced our used UK office space by over 100,000 square feet.
reduced business travel emissions by 10%.
reduced printing by 29% in the UK and Europe.
increased our recycling rate by 80% in the UK.
This is great, but it’s still not enough. That’s why we’re taking our commitment to reducing our environmental impact even further, becoming in 2022 the first professional services business to have its global 2040 net zero target validated by the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTI).
We led the way in putting our climate targets on an accountable, science-based, transparent footing by working with the SBTI to commit to at abating at least 90% of our 2019 baseline emissions by 2040 at the latest. Any residual emissions will be neutralised through offsets that permanently remove and store carbon from the atmosphere, at the net-zero target year and each year thereafter. This builds on our previously announced near-term science-based targets to reduce absolute scope 1, 2 and 3 greenhouse gas emissions 50% and to source 100% renewable electricity worldwide by 2030.
This validation of our net zero target ensures that we are acting to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in a way that is consistent with limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C, the main goal of the 2015 Paris Agreement.
We will improve the energy efficiency of premises through the use of technology, such as demand side response and the smart buildings programme. We will increase the use of renewable electricity across all locations to meet a target of 100% renewable supply by 2030;
We are also changing the way we travel, using emissions transparency to enable colleagues to make more informed choices when making travel decisions. And we are collaborating with suppliers to ensure that suppliers representing 50% of our spending on capital goods and purchased goods and services will have set validated science-based targets by 2025.
Our commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals extends to working with our clients. We aim to support those who create, deliver and implement low carbon solutions and technologies, to support the transition to a lower carbon world.
To educate, influence and advocate for positive action on climate change, not just internally but among clients, suppliers, universities and charities, in September 2020 we introduced our Climate Change Mitigation & Sustainability Platform.
We’ve installed energy analytics software in our London headquarters to measure gas, electricity and plant usage. The system has made multiple recommendations, resulting in an annual 8% reduction in energy use, and we expect the reductions to grow over time.
The coronavirus pandemic of 2020 certainly changed how and where we work. Fortunately, we had flexible working solutions in place already. Not only because it gives our people more freedom, but because it reduces the amount of office space, lighting, heating and power needed. Going agile in our Birmingham office, for example, cut how much office space was required by 14%.
To cut our CO2 emissions we’ve introduced ‘no travel weeks’ and enhanced our teleconferencing and telepresence systems to make it easier to communicate with you and our other clients without the need to jump in a car, catch a train or hop on a plane.
Nobody can make a difference alone. That’s why we hope you and our other clients share our green philosophy and join us so we can grow together, while cutting our impact on environment.