Charlotte Hill, senior associate at Penningtons Manches Cooper, has recently signed the Greener Arbitrations Pledge, confirming the firm’s commitment to managing arbitrations in a sustainable way.
Launched by Lucy Greenwood in 2019, the Greener Arbitrations Pledge is a promise by a growing group of arbitration practitioners to promote awareness of the environmental impact of arbitrations and to reduce the carbon footprint of their practice.
Members of the group vow to be aware of and to look for opportunities to reduce energy consumption and waste, correspond electronically unless hard copy correspondence is needed and avoid unnecessary travel where a virtual meeting will suffice, in all aspects of international arbitration.
Charlotte, a lawyer in the international disputes group at Penningtons Manches Cooper, has joined the Pledge Steering Committee and will be closely involved in furthering this campaign and promoting environmental awareness in the alternative dispute resolution sector.
This is the latest step by Penningtons Manches Cooper to deliver on its commitment to be a net zero emissions business. Charlotte’s appointment advances the firm’s initiative to reduce emissions in all forms of dispute resolution, and follows its submission to the Civil Justice Council, calling for urgent research into how to decarbonise litigation in the English courts.
The firm is establishing and working towards science-based targets to reduce its emissions in line with the Paris Agreement, signed in 2016 as part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, pledging to reduce its environmental impact across its value chain (operations, supply chain, business travel and commuting) and offsetting all unavoidable emissions.