Beachcroft has joined the carbon footprint bandwagon, pledging to reduce its carbon emissions by 5 per cent.
The firm already has one of the lowest footprints in the legal market, producing 4,526 tonnes of carbon dioxide in the last financial year. That is the equivalent of 7.9 tonnes per lawyer.
Beachcroft’s footprint is only beaten by Addleshaw Goddard, which produced 5.7 tonnes per lawyer (The Lawyer, 23 July).
Beachcroft has pledged to reduce its carbon usage by a further 5 per cent through energy-saving, waste-saving and flexible working initiatives.
It has set up an environmental committee, led by senior partner Simon Hodson. In each office a champion will be appointed to ensure an ongoing commitment to a reduction in energy consumption and waste production.
Hodson said: “The measures we’ve introduced are indicative of a firmwide commitment to reducing Beachcroft’s impact on the environment. Ultimately they’re a key step towards making the business environmentally sustainable for the future.”
The firm will be working with its IT departments to automatically switch off idle computers after 7pm. It will also work in conjunction with the CarbonNeutral Company and will purchase emission reductions in a methane capture project in the Rhine-Ruhr area of Germany.