Protecting our environment is one of the pillars of ALG's Responsible Business strategy. Our ambition is to reduce the firm’s environmental impact and promote sustainable work and living practices. Some of the most recent initiatives that have been implemented and led by our ALGreen team are as follows:
- removal all single use plastics, where possible, from our restaurant;
- removal of all disposable cups from service and replaced them with ALG branded keep cups
- installation of secure printing software on all laser printers to help reduce our paper usage and further reduce unnecessary waste
- purchasing of electricity which is 100% renewable
ALG is a signatory to Business in the Community's Low Carbon Pledge
A&L Goodbody has extended our commitments to reduce carbon emissions under the Business in the Community's Low Carbon Pledge.
When ALG signed the Low Carbon Pledge in 2018 along with 58 other signatories, we committed to reduce our scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions by 50% by 2030 – this principally includes reductions in fossil fuel energy use. Under new elements of the Pledge introduced this year, we have now extended our commitments to reduce scope 3 emissions, which include waste and business travel. While carbon emissions, waste and business travel are greatly reduced during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pledge sets long-term objectives and goals.
Another new element of the Pledge this year is for us to set science-based carbon emission reduction targets that are in line with the Paris Agreement on climate change. This includes reducing our entire carbon footprint (scope 1, 2 & 3) by 2024. The Pledge also requires us to publicly report our progress against these science-based targets.
Our Environmental Management Systems
We recognise that high standards of Environmental Management are required to support our business management objectives and clients' needs.
Our policies are supported by, and form part of our environmental and energy management systems, which are certified to ISO14001 and ISO50001 respectively. We achieved certification of both these management systems in 2016.