New Zealand law firm Chapman Tripp, has today recorded a 66% decrease in its total carbon emissions following its third year audit with Toitū Envirocare.
Chapman Tripp meets the requirements of Toitū's carbonreduce® certification programme, having measured its greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with ISO 14064-1:2006.
Since a recording of 1,129.11 tCO2e in the year-ending 30 November 2018, Chapman Tripp has continued in its development of specific goals related to environmental sustainability and has recorded total emissions of 946.18 tCO2e as at 30 November 2019, and 379.65 tCO2e as at 30 November 2020. This reduction was a result across several data points, not just the obvious carbon emission reductions due to the COVID-19 lockdowns and reduced air travel.
Chapman Tripp is focused on its dynamic community strategy including its pro bono and sustainability initiatives. An outcome demonstrating the firm’s commitment in this area is the creation of a new role – a Community Director. Senior Associate Greer Fredricson has recently been appointed as the firm’s first Community Director in conjunction to her role in the firm’s Auckland Corporate practice.
Pip England, Chapman Tripp’s Chief Executive Partner commented, “Our community strategy focuses on the firm, as a citizen of Aotearoa, making a difference in the communities and environment that we live and work in. This includes giving back through pro bono work, being mindful of our environmental impact through working sustainably, and being a responsible employer. Greer Fredricson, as our first Community Director, will be a key catalyst for driving our community strategy forward.”
Commenting on the firm’s emissions reduction performance, Fredricson said:
We acknowledge that strategic emissions reduction and management remains a relatively new activity for the firm and its understanding about what reduction levels are achievable over specific timeframes continues to grow. The firm’s key focus in 2021 is to embed, in a sustainable manner, the practices, changes in behaviour and learnings that have led to the reductions Chapman Tripp has experienced since its base year, while identifying where further savings can be achieved.
Further information on Chapman Tripp’s community strategy can be found here.