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Arthur Cox commits to being carbon neutral in 2021 and carbon negative by 2025

Arthur Cox LLP has today announced its commitment to being carbon neutral in 2021 and carbon negative by 2025. The Firm’s carbon reduction strategy is a key pillar of its environmental policy.

Commenting on the commitment, Managing Partner of Arthur Cox, Geoff Moore said: “Sustainable Business is one of the key components of the way we work. We are committed to sustainable outcomes for our business, people, environment and the communities in which we operate. Our Carbon Reduction Strategy will provide a roadmap for our journey in sustainability and guide us to achieving our carbon reduction goals.”

As part of this carbon reduction strategy, the Firm has committed to the implementation of an ambitious strategy to reduce Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions by 50% of 2018 levels by 2025. 

In parallel, the Firm has committed to being carbon neutral from 2021 onwards by investing in certified sustainable sequestration projects that meet the highest ethical and environmental standards.  In addition, by 2025 the Firm aims to be carbon negative by supporting domestic sustainable sequestration, land use rehabilitation and biodiversity projects, with a view to removing twice as much carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as we emit.

The Firm is committed to the science-based measurement of its carbon footprint - Scope 1, 2 and 3 - and to report annually on its progress.

The Firm’s Sustainable Business Committee has obtained independent audits of the Firm’s direct and indirect carbon emissions for 2018 and 2019 and will continue to commission independent audits of our carbon footprint on an annual basis. 

We have engaged Sustineo, an external sustainability consultancy, to assist us in delivering the key measures required to achieve our carbon reduction goals.

We are committed to:

  • Building on the Firm’s existing energy efficiency and renewable sourcing initiatives, including to the fullest extent possible procuring energy from renewable sources; optimising infrastructure and training our people on efficient energy usage
  • Reducing carbon from business and business-related travel, including commuter impacts
  • Using local suppliers and implementing sustainable procurement policies that focus on environmental credentials of suppliers to minimise supply chain impacts.

Examples of the Firm’s investment in minimising the impact of its operational footprint include:

  • Ongoing commitment to maximising energy efficiency as evidenced by achieving certification to the ISO50001:2018 Energy Management Systems Standard in 2019 through our commitment to making efficient use of energy at our Dublin office, in order to conserve natural resources and reduce carbon emissions
  • Investing in the most energy efficient premises as evidenced by our Dublin office obtaining LEED Platinum for Internal Design and Fit Out in 2019 and obtaining LEED Platinum for Shell and Core in 2018
  • Installing a combined heat and power unit, solar thermal panels and two ice bank storage units to minimise primary energy use, particularly at peak times
  • Installing a rainwater harvesting system which has reduced our water usage intensity by 56%, minimising the burden on water mains infrastructure
  • Minimising waste, in particular single use plastics, and striving towards 100% reuse, recycling and recovery with zero waste to landfill
  • Reducing the level of the Firm’s paper usage and seeking to purchase paper with 100% recycled content.

Arthur Cox LLP is one of Ireland’s leading law firms. With over 530 legal staff and a total headcount of 740, they provide a comprehensive service to an international client base ranging from multinational organisations, banks, and financial institutions and established global leaders to government agencies and new players in emerging industry sectors.