City firms worst on carbon, first LSA report reveals

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  • Legal Sector Alliance

    This is a very disappointing presentation of an extremely positive move by the LSA which sadly undermines the spirit of transparency and accountability shown by the Founding Members in disclosing the information.

    It surely cannot be a surprise that the business model of global firms will result in a greater level and percentage of emissions through flights.

    The real significance of the results is that this is an issue which is being taken seriously and firms are committed to understanding what their footprints are and to identifying opportunities and sharing ideas for reduction.

    The Protocol, which is freely available on the LSA’s website was specifically developed to support the whole profession in simply measuring its carbon footprint as a first step before developing reduction strategies.

    The article fails to mention that any firms joining the Alliance, or using the LSA protocol to calculate their carbon footprints will not be required to publish their results and doesn't give your readers a fair or clear representation of the facts.

    By the significant website traffic to the carbon footprint pages of the LSA website to date it is clear that this is a tool which has been welcomed by firms.

    The negative tone used in this article is unlikely to encourage the profession to engage with tackling climate change - lets hope that sensible firms will clearly see the benefit and join with us to tackle climate change.

    Thankfully the solidarity shown by the firms which have and are continuing to join the LSA shows that it will take more than sensational and simplistic headlines to deter them from tackling this issue.

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    I disagree Mr Hudson - if I were at Morgans I'd be pleasantly surprised to be described as a member of a 'top firm'.

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  • surprised

    I do not sense any negative tone in this article at all - it is clearly well-informed and well documented and if anything it holds the positive message that law firms are doing something about their carbon footprints.

    I am slightly surprised to have read exactly the same comment from Mr Hudson on an article by a rival legal publication, which was entirely different to this one.

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  • Carbon footprint of the Lawyer?

    Does the Lawyer have any idea of what its own carbon footprint is? If not, would it be prepared to calculate it? Would it be preprared to publish it alongside its peers? Would it be prepared to work with its competitors to learn about how to reduce it? Does it have any kind of environmental policy whatsoever?

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