As we look at economic recovery from the pandemic, and new ways of doing things for a new age, we are presented with the ideal opportunity for a green recovery.
In November this year, Glasgow, Shoosmiths' newest location, will be the host city for the UK's presidency of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26). The eyes of the world will be on the UK, and there is clear ambition to lead by example and make carbon net zero a reality. COP26 is also particularly significant as it is 5 years since world leaders committed to the Paris Agreement, which works on a 5-year cycle of increasingly ambitious climate action by the participant countries.
Since 2012 Shoosmiths has published its sustainability progress annually. We are committed to becoming a carbon neutral business with a target for our operations to achieve net zero emissions by 2025, and we have more recently signed up to the Science Based Targets initiative – committing to set science-based emissions reduction targets across the entire value chain that are consistent with keeping global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. Businesses have a key part to play in driving the carbon net zero agenda and it is important to us that our clients can say they select suppliers who share aligned carbon neutral goals.
With the government drive towards carbon net zero, and a vested interest from stakeholders across the board – investors, customers, employees, suppliers and communities – the time is ripe for businesses to establish, or revisit, their sustainability strategies to ensure tangible outcomes.
Our New How initiative is intended to evoke dialogue between clients and gain insight from industry leaders, so together we can share best practice and find new approaches to tackling issues and, ultimately, emerge from the pandemic, ‘smarter, faster, better’. In the lead up to November, each of our sectors will be focusing on COP26 and its key campaigns; considering how we can work with our clients to help deliver opportunities for a brighter, greener and more prosperous future.