The purpose of the Environmental group is to review and highlight functions and actions throughout the firm which affect, or are affected by the environment. The Group continually assesses the firm's procedures and practices, and evaluates whether it is housekeeping or purchasing to ensure the environmental effects are the most positive.
As a firm, we recognise that we have a responsibility to the environment beyond legal and regulatory requirements. We are committed to reducing our environmental impact and continually improving our environmental performance as an integral part of the firm's strategy and operating methods. We also want to encourage suppliers and other stakeholders to do the same.
Our aims are to conduct all our operations with respect to the environment, lower our impact by reducing waste, whilst using raw materials, water and energy efficiently. We want to:
- Improve environmental awareness in the firm
- Be able to show we are considering the environment
- Continually review products, services and suppliers to ensure they have environmental awareness in their own businesses
Areas for particular focus
The areas of particular focus for us as a firm are:
- Purchasing: where possible, choose environmentally-aware suppliers and products
- Energy-saving: methods to reduce our energy use
- Low energy lighting
- Energy-efficient equipment (e.g. dishwashers)
- Double-sided printing to reduce paper use
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Latest blogs & news
World Environment Day - The green lining of the Coronavirus lockdown… and how to continue to ease our environmental impact
As the UK settles into its tenth week of lockdown, we are starting to see glimpses of hope that we might soon be back to work, the gym, and school. But while we are all looking forward to enjoying things we did before lockdown, we shouldn't be so hasty to revert back to all of our old ways.
In the last week, Philip Alston, the UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights said the world was increasingly at risk of “climate apartheid” where the wealthy pay to escape the impact of climate change and the rest of the world is left to suffer.
London Climate Action Week: International criminal law and the environment – considering a law of ‘ecocide’
In April 2019, Polly Higgins, a British barrister, passed away after devoting ten years of her life to a campaign for a new law of ‘ecocide’ – a law that would make corporate executives and government ministers criminally liable for the damage they cause to the environment. In this blog, we consider the current framework for punishing environmental crime at international level, and what the proposed crime of ecocide might look like.
Access to justice is central pillar to the rule of law. Ensuring individuals and organisations can afford access to justice is a real challenge, none more so than in environmental cases where the success is not driven by monetary reward.
According to the most recent data, two million people in London are living with illegal levels of air pollution. Nitrogen dioxide is one of the main pollutants and road transport is estimated to be responsible for 50% of total emissions.
We have seen in recent months various and different attempts by those who want to change the course of government policy on the issue of climate change.
For most of my life, shopaholic is a label I would have happily applied to myself. Shopping has always been a happy place for me. I have sought solace in the late night opening hours of Oxford Street’s shops after a tough day at work. I have laughed uncontrollably trying on ridiculous outfits while meandering the shops with friends on Saturday afternoons. I have felt a rush of delight at finding the perfect outfit for a friend’s wedding.
No doubt many of you reading this will have heard about the ‘Attenborough Effect’, sparked by his two latest series, ‘Blue Planet II’ and ‘Our Planet’. Whilst these series have changed the way many of us think about plastic and have made us see that things have to change, it is important that we understand that we, as individuals, have to be part of that change. How?
The aim of this blog is not to point the finger and attribute blame to people who eat meat, mangos and Manchego. I myself am far from perfect, and am fully aware that I need to re-evaluate my relationship with cheese and stop eating so many avocados. What this blog is intended to do, however, is to make us all think about, and be aware of, where our food comes from, the impact that food production has on the environment, and what we should be doing to reduce that impact.
KN Green Week: Climate change and the individual: Where to begin… by starting to ask the right questions
Emily Carter is lawyer living in central London with two small children. Although she knows a thing or two about the law, she is not an expert in the science of climate change or the answers to the current crisis. She has, however, been asking herself some questions