Releasing its third Annual Report on 1 June, the Legal Sector Alliance (LSA) reported a total reduction of almost 35,000 tonnes CO2e, amongst members that publicly disclosed their carbon emissions for the year. This is double the reduction figure achieved last year and equivalent to the annual emissions of two large UK law firms. Over 80 per cent of member firms achieved an absolute reduction in carbon emissions and the average carbon emitted per employee also decreased significantly, despite headcount reductions during 2011. The carbon performance of the LSA Executive members was particularly strong, with an average reduction in total carbon emissions of 18 per cent over three years. This is a significant increase from an average of 12 per cent over the previous three year reporting period. Responding to the figures, the LSA contends "In joining the LSA, our members have made a commitment to take action on climate change. Understanding the impact we are having isn’t just important, it is our purpose."
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