Is your firm eco-friendly? 10 tips for a ‘greener’ legal profession

Is your firm eco-friendly? 10 tips for a ‘greener’ legal profession

 

There’s no doubt that across the globe fears are rising over environmental issues. The latest environmental protests saw 16-year-old, Greta Thunberg urge students across the globe to abandon their classrooms in a bid to grab the attention of world leaders and make them acknowledge the burning need to cut climate change. undoubtedly a political issue, businesses and individuals also have a role to play in attaining global change and in ensuring a positive impact is made on their community and environment. The Law Gazette reported that 2018 saw a record number of law firm report on their carbon footprint and with Sustainable strategy becoming a key battle ground for business growing (62% of executives consider a sustainability strategy necessary to be competitive today).. How can law firms make the change and go green?

Why should you go green?

Going green isn’t just about being eco-friendly, but it can also be a massive factor in cutting costs. The American Bar Association released the Law Office Guide to Energy Efficiency which revealed ‘energy represents 30% of a typical office building’s operating costs, and is the single largest controllable operating expense’.

What can you do to improve the sustainability in your law firm?

We’ve outlined ten tips to help you become more eco-friendly and outline your own environmental social governance

1.Get tech savy—Don’t fall into the trap of being a stereotypical law firm which is piled high with papers. We live in a digital world, which means there’s a great opportunity to go paperless by creating a digital bank of things such as contracts, documents, and anything that you don’t legally need to have printed out. To help you on the journey to a paperless future, LexisNexis has prod

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Hannah is one of the Future of Law blog’s digital and technical editors. She graduated from Northumbria University with a degree in History and Politics and previously freelanced for News UK, before working as a senior news editor for LexisNexis.