Linklaters - Reducing carbon emissions and more

Leilani Weier, Environment Manager at Linklaters led a session on carbon reporting and measuring at BITC's Sustainability Knowledge Swap. As part of the session Leilani shared practical advice on the challenges and successes Linklaters have encountered on their journey to reduce carbon emissions.

In its fifth year as a company with ISO:14001 certification at a UK level, Linklaters is now proud to be certified for its global environmental management system.  The environmental impacts of the company's approach include:

  • 42% reduction in carbon emissions for energy and business travel since 2007 (baseline year).

  • 42% reduction in water use since 2007.

  • Reduction in general waste by 40% since 2007.

Carbon reporting has always been a big part of this activity for the business and Leilani explained the various ways Linklaters now reports on its carbon performance, including via the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme, the Carbon Disclosure Project and the Legal Sector Alliance annual report. #

Drawing on her broad range of knowledge on carbon reporting Leilani gave key tips for avoiding carbon confusion, including:

  • Using the Carbon Trust's guideline of an annual reduction of 3% as a good start if you are struggling to set a target for your first your first year of carbon reporting

  • Refering to the Defra guide on measuring GHG emissions for an easy to follow suggested process.

  • Ensuring you check the GHG protocol every May-June for the latest conversion factors.

  • Getting your figures and processes audited for robustness of data.

  • Always presenting carbon reductions in carbon and cost savings at board level.

  • Involving IT departments in the process, as they can help you find some of the largest carbon savings such as more efficient server management and timed computer powerdowns.

Leilani also reminded everyone to never solely focus on carbon, but remember that this is a part of an overall environmental footprint and should always be reported alongside other issues such as waste, water and other resource efficiencies.

Find out more on the Linklaters website.