Pannone sets up ‘green team’ to stamp on carbon footprint

Pannone has launched a ‘green team’ to investigate the steps needed for the firm to become carbon-neutral.

In response to staff suggestions, Pannone has created a team to deal with environmental issues within the firm and to address the issue of carbon neutrality.

Pannone partner and director of support services Rachel Dobson told The Lawyer: “Prior to setting up the team we had already been looking at, and were concerned about, environmental issues. We were also prompted by our clients to do something. So we’re partly being responsive, but it’s also a reflection of the general mood to try to improve the environment.”

The green team consists of three voluntary members, including private client solicitor Lucy Nicol, paralegal Meg Ogden and Danielle Vitond from the firm’s marketing department. The team is arranging for the Carbon Trust to assess the firm’s carbon footprint and then to make further recommendations.

Dobson said the firm already had a recycling scheme in place and that it was currently trialling the obligatory use of double-sided printing in a bid to cut down the firm’s use of paper.

All three members of the green team are representatives of the firm’s information and consultation group, which Pannone launched recently to inform staff about the internal workings of the firm.