Reporting Boundary: UK Offices – Basingstoke, Birmingham, Cambridge, Guildford, London, Oxford and Reading
Emission sources: Electricity, T&D losses, natural gas, water, waste, business travel, paper, homeworking energy (excluded from footprint)
Reporting Period: 01 Apr 2020 –31 Mar 2021
We engage our employees and wider stakeholders to unlock their talent and knowledge to drive year on year progress in sustainability.
We recognise that transparent communication is essential for transformational change and we quantifiably contribute to 9 SDG’s.
Penningtons Manches Cooper, a leading UK and international law firm providing high-quality legal advice tailored to both businesses and individuals, has been Planet Mark certified.
This is Penningtons’ third year of business carbon footprint reporting and certification to Planet Mark. They first calculated the carbon footprint of 7 UK offices for the year ending February 2019 and set a target to reduce emissions by 5% annually.
Penningtons’ total carbon footprint for the year ending March 2021 was 438.7 tCO2e. The relative carbon footprint was 0.6 tCO2e per employee.
“I’m so pleased to see the progress Penningtons Manches Cooper has made this year. Sustainability can only be achieved through continuous improvement, and the firm is on the right track to continue on its sustainability journey. The firm has ambitious targets that would allow it to become a true leader on climate action, but more importantly there are a number of measures put in place that will allow it to achieve this goal. The roadmap is far from simple, but the firm is doing great work to bring itself closer to net zero.”
Sustainability is an intrinsic part of Penningtons Manches Cooper’s activities – the firm is focused on reducing the negative effects that its own organisation may have on the environment but also on engaging with its clients to help them navigate the risks posed by climate change. The company is working towards net zero emissions across its business by 2030. It is also introducing a new sustainable travel policy and developing a strategic approach to its relationship with its suppliers to reduce the emissions linked to their services to the firm.
The world is now one year into the Decade of Action, and the legal industry must acknowledge its role in saving the planet from climate change. Beyond the ethical imperative, following best practice on sustainability has become an important part of client acquisition in the sector. Many firms also report that good sustainable practice is of growing importance in the recruitment and retention of staff. A robust sustainability and carbon reduction plan can thus become part of a long term, climate friendly and profitable strategy.
As part of the Planet Mark certification, Penningtons Manches Cooper has committed to making a year-on-year reduction.
Penningtons Manches Cooper has committed to reaching net zero emissions by 2030.