WBD launches roadmap to achieving net zero by 2030



Nick Barwood

Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD), which has an office in Edinburgh, has committed to achieving net zero emissions by 2030.

WBD launched this week its Carbon Reduction Plan, which includes a number of engagements and measures to support the firm on its journey towards becoming a net zero business.

Some of the key targets listed in the plan include:

  • All offices to use 100 per cent renewably sourced energy by 2026.
  • Reducing emissions associated with travel by 50 per cent by 2026, supported by the firm’s hybrid working model, launched in September, to enable people to choose where they want to work.
  • Setting a minimum standard for EPCs in buildings through acquisitions, refurbishments and BREEAM Sustainability Assessment Methods.
  • Enhancing its already robust procurement strategy and working in partnership with its supply chain to share best practice and collaboratively meet the challenges of net zero.
  • Furthering the scope and extent of its carbon emissions reporting. In 2020 for example, WBD introduced for the first time a measure of carbon as a result of homeworking.
  • Reducing paper consumption by 60 per cent by 2026.
  • Increasing the percentage of recycled waste across all offices.
  • Reducing plastic consumption at all WBD locations.

Nick Barwood, UK chair and head of WBD’s senior management group overseeing responsible business activity across the firm, said: “From waste and business travel through to building emissions, the legal sector must act now to reduce its carbon footprint as we embark on a decade of climate action.

“Systemic change takes time, but here at WBD we want to be at the forefront of the progress made and are working hard to make sure that good intentions are met with strong and tangible commitments.”



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