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DLA Piper pledges to halve emissions by 2030

Global law firm DLA Piper has set a science-based target to cut all of its greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030, compared to pre-pandemic levels.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 07 October 2021 Big Law
DLA Piper pledges to halve emissions by 2030
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The firm’s pledge, which it said has been approved by the Science Based Target (SBT) initiative, will span the global business’ entire value chain, including indirect emissions from that supply chain. It will also cover all of the firm’s offices across the world.

In order to support the 50 per cent target reduction, DLA Piper will implement numerous operational changes and undertake new initiatives, such as: include sustainable procurement, a thoughtful travel policy, carbon accounting, cloud-based data management for every office, and an internal engagement campaign.


DLA has also committed to sourcing 100 per cent of its electricity from renewable energy sources by the end of this decade, up from its current level of 61 per cent.

The firm anticipates reaching this target in stages, with the UK and Europe reaching 100 per cent by 2025 and the remaining global offices getting there by 2030.

Speaking about the new pledge, DLA managing director for sustainability and resilience Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry said that the validation of the firm’s SBT is a recognition of the firm’s commitment to tackling climate change and reducing emissions across the global supply chain.

“Now the targets have been approved, everyone at the firm must work collectively to achieve them, and we’ve developed an innovative program to do so,” he said.

“We look forward to reporting annually on our progress, further engaging all our people, and partnering with our clients and suppliers to at least halve our emissions by 2030.”