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Pinsent Masons unveils target to cut carbon emissions by 50% by 2030



law firm Pinsent Masons has unveiled targets to cut carbon emissions by a minimum of 50% by 2030.

The firm’s targets, which are among the first law firm targets to be verified by the science based target initiative (SBTi), commit to reducing global greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, from a base year of 2019.

The SBTi defines and promotes best practice in science-based target setting and independently assesses companies’ targets.

It has approved an additional target for the firm to source 100% renewable electricity across its global estate by 2030.

Currently, 100% of the electricity purchased in the UK, Republic of Ireland and France is from renewable sources.

Pinsent Masons undertook a rigorous 12-month audit of its entire greenhouse gas inventory to calculate its global carbon footprint and science-based targets in-line with SBTi methodology.

The SBTi is a collaboration between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

The firm has reduced its environmental impact in areas such as, energy consumption, business travel, use of resources and waste.

Prior to the pandemic it achieved a 30% reduction in energy consumption across its UK offices via the implementation of technology-backed solutions and the firm’s transformation to agile working.

Pinsent Masons employs more than 500 lawyers and support staff at its three Scottish offices in Glasgow, Aberdeen and Edinburgh.

John Cleland, managing partner of Pinsent Masons, said: “As a firm that advises on ground breaking low carbon projects and supports clients as they navigate sustainability and climate concerns, implementing our own science-based targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Agreement was a natural next step for us.”

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