Carson McDowell, Northern Ireland's largest full-service commercial law firm, is pioneering a bold path towards sustainability by partnering with Carbonfit to embark on a comprehensive carbon reduction journey. Committed to achieving Net Zero carbon emissions by 2050, Carson McDowell has taken proactive steps to assess and mitigate its environmental impact across all scopes of emissions.

Key Highlights:
  • Engaged CarbonFit for Scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions audit.
  • Audit followed PPN 06/21, GHG Protocols, and IS014064-1 standards.
  • Reviewed energy, travel, waste, etc., using BEIS Conversion Factors
  • Committed to Net Zero by 2050 with annual plan updates.
  • Targets: 50% cut in Scopes 1 and 2 by 2025, 100% by 2030.
  • Proactively working with CarbonFit for carbon accounting.
  • Aim to engage 80% of supply chain by 2025.
  • Aspiring to submit SBTI verification by Q4 2025.

In alignment with government directives and industry best practices, Carson McDowell engaged Carbonfit to conduct a thorough review and audit of its carbon footprint across the offices in Belfast and Dublin, encompassing Scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions, in accordance with PPN 06/21 and GHG Protocols. Utilising IS014064-1 standards, Carbonfit meticulously examined the firm's energy consumption, carbon usage, travel, distribution, waste, and other operational aspects for Carson McDowell.

Driven by a steadfast commitment to transparency and accountability, Carson McDowell diligently adhered to Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Conversion Factors for accurate reporting of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This commitment is reflected in the firm's proactive approach to annual updates of its Net Zero plan, with the next revision scheduled for late 2024.

Carson McDowell's vision for achieving Net Zero extends beyond mere compliance; it underscores a strategic imperative to integrate sustainability principles into its core business operations. By setting ambitious carbon reduction targets, including a 50% reduction in Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions by 2025, followed by complete elimination by 2030, the firm exemplifies its leadership in environmental stewardship.

Moreover, Carson McDowell's proactive engagement with Carbonfit underscores its dedication to rigorous carbon accounting and advisory services. By aligning with ISO14064 requirements and GHG Protocols, the firm ensures the accuracy and reliability of its emissions data, paving the way for informed decision-making and targeted interventions.

Looking ahead, Carson McDowell remains committed to driving sustainability across its entire value chain, with initiatives such as engaging 80% of its supply chain to set realistic Net Zero targets by 2025. Additionally, the firm aspires to submit a verification application to the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) by Q4 2025, encompassing short-term (2025) and medium-term (2030) goals.

In essence, Carson McDowell's partnership with Carbonfit epitomises a collaborative effort to redefine corporate responsibility and pave the way for a greener, more sustainable future. By embracing innovation, transparency, and accountability, Carson McDowell demonstrates its unwavering commitment to achieving Net Zero carbon emissions and setting a benchmark for the legal industry and beyond.

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