Reporting Boundary: London and Bristol sites
Emission sources: Electricity, T&D losses, homeworking energy (not included in total footprint), natural gas, water, waste, business
travel, courier, paper use
Reporting Period: 01 Jan 2020 – 31 Dec 2020
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We recognise that transparent communicationrnis essential for transformational change and we quantifiably contribute to 9 SDG’s.
RPC, a professional services firm based in the UK and Asia that apply smart thinking to deliver legal and consultancy solutions, have achieved certification to the Planet Mark.
This is RPC’s first year of business carbon footprint reporting and certification to The Planet Mark. It first calculated the carbon footprint of its London and Bristol operational sites for the year ending December 2019 and set a target to reduce emissions by 5% annually.
RPC’s total carbon footprint in the year ending December 2019 was 743 tCO2e and the relative carbon footprint was 1.1 tCO2e per employee. If RPC is able to achieve its carbon reduction target, it will save carbon the equivalent to the amount sequestered by 48 acres of forest in a year.
“I am so pleased to witness the first steps of carbon measurement and reduction at RPC. As on many journeys, the first step is the most important, and making a commitment to continuous reductions in carbon emissions shows the seriousness with which RPC is taking its carbon reduction. With the Planet Mark, RPC can tell its sustainability story throughout its global network of stakeholders and staff to make change well beyond the remit of its own offices. It’s an exciting prospect that can create a lot of positive outcomes.”
RPC has a number of initiatives, beyond the pledge to consistently reduce its carbon footprint, to help it become more sustainable. RPC has a dedicated steering group of lawyers and support staff working to promote the importance of corporate social responsibility and the firm’s values both internally and externally. This team won CSR initiative of the year at the British Insurance Awards in 2014. The firm also has three CSR workstreams dedicated to pro bono work in areas of the environment, charity and community. Its offices at Tower Bridge House are state of the art, designed with sustainability in mind, and the firm has planted over 10,000 trees to offset the impact of its relocation.
Business is changing, and companies in professional services must be proactive to stay ahead of the curve. As companies recognise their responsibility in creating a healthier environment, there is an increasing expectation of sustainability in a business’ supply chain. Professional services companies must see this change in demand as an opportunity to demonstrate their own sustainable credentials to remain attractive to new and existing clients.
As part of the Planet Mark certification, RPC has committed to make a year-on-year reduction.