Linklaters Launches Emissions Reduction Goals
Global law firm Linklaters announced today new climate targets, pledging to reduce emissions in its operations and across its value chain.
The new commitments include Scope 1 and 2 emission reduction targets of 70% by 2030, along with Scope 3 reductions of 50% over the same time frame. Scope 3 emissions for the firm consist primarily of purchased goods & services, and travel.
According to the firm, the new targets have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). SBTi was formed as a collaboration between CDP, World Resources Institute (WRI), the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), with the goal to establish science-based environmental target setting as a standard corporate practice. Achieving approval of targets by SBTi is a significant milestone for companies’ sustainability efforts.
Matt Sparkes, Global Head of Sustainability at Linklaters and Co-Chair of the Legal Sustainability Alliance, comments:
“Responsibility and sustainability are at the heart of how we operate as a business and it is important that we are accountable to this commitment. Our new science-based targets will underpin our climate ambition and action as we continue to identify new and innovative ways to reduce our emissions, including embracing learnings from the Covid-19 pandemic and shifts in behaviour. We believe that these represent leading targets for the sector and reflect our continued leadership in environmental management – both in operations and client service.
“We know that there is much more to be done on a global scale and we are fully committed to playing our part in reducing the impact of climate change and driving sustainable growth.”