Linklaters is a Carbon Neutral Business
Linklaters has achieved carbon neutral status for 2016/17, offsetting the unavoidable carbon emissions which result from our operations. To offset our emissions we have bought into a cookstove project in Ghana, avoiding the equivalent emissions to the atmosphere.
Climate change and the destruction of natural resources rate as the top global challenge in the 2016 WEF Global Shapers survey. Being a responsible business is an integral part of our strategy, and our sustainability and environmental management programme support our aims to further the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
We also know it’s incredibly important to our people, both now and in the future. Results from an internal World Environment Day 2016 survey found 86% of respondents were in favour of the firm offsetting carbon emissions.
Our approach prior to becoming Carbon Neutral
Over the past eight years, many initiatives have been introduced to reduce overall environmental impacts. Achievements include carbon emission reductions from firmwide electricity use of 36% and business travel by 10%. Nevertheless, operational emissions reductions are becoming harder to achieve, making offsetting the natural next step.
Climate change is a cross-border and complex issue
When 191 countries, covering 98% of global emissions, were represented in Paris for COP21 in 2015, it was agreed that temperatures need to be prevented from rising more than two degrees, rather than the projected five degrees, by 2100. Without businesses supporting this global effort, alongside national governments and individuals, this crucial target won’t be achieved. This means every business, no matter what size or shape, has a part to play and Linklaters is no exception.