Net Zero Profile
Carbon Reduction Progress Status
Advanced - we are well on our way to taking action
Number of Employees:
Large 250+ employees
Shoosmiths LLP Pledge Actions:
Escalate the pace of change Share and learn from best practice on the route to net zero Collaboration with our stakeholders including clients, suppliers, other organisations I would like to discuss with the co-ordinator potential opportunities.
Please tell us how you will champion this pledge and let us know if there is any support you need to assist you in this role:
Escalate the pace of change. Share and learn from best practice on the route to net zero. Collaboration with our stakeholders including clients, suppliers, other organisations I would like to discuss with the co-ordinator potential opportunities.
In one sentence, what is your ambition for your Net Zero Business Pledge: Shoosmiths aims to become net zero by 2040
Please tell us why you have made the West Midlands Net Zero Business Pledge: The pledge is aligned with our net zero strategy and commitments. By being part of initiatives such as these we hope to both learn from other pledge signatories and to share best practice.
Please provide a summary of the net zero initiatives that you have implemented: • We produce annual energy and carbon reports within our annual Directors’ Reports in line with the Companies (Directors’ Report) and Limited Liability Partnerships (Energy and Carbon Report) Regulations. We undertook energy efficiency audits in 2019 in line with the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme Regulations and work is underway for 2023 compliance. • Expanding the coverage of our scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions measurement including reporting both scope 2 market-based and location-based electricity related emissions, and within scope 3 reporting on emissions associated with our purchased goods and services, commute to work, home working and in 2021/2022 including hotel stays. • Strategic review undertaken to determine our long-term net zero strategy. This included an assessment of Shoosmiths’ physical, and transition climate-related risks and opportunities aligned to the recommendations of the Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). • In 2021/2022, 93% of our total electricity usage had renewable electricity certificates. If we include the procurement of renewable gas alongside renewable electricity, 91% of Shoosmiths' overall energy usage (electricity and gas) was procured through renewable energy. • Flexible working based on output not occupancy ethos. • We operate a sustainable travel policy which includes an internal carbon levy charged against all business flights. Relevant Website links: https://www.shoosmiths.co.uk/our-responsibility/corporate-responsibility https://www.shoosmiths.co.uk/insights/reports-white-papers/investing-in-tomorrow-esg-report https://www.shoosmiths.co.uk/expertise/sectors/energy-and-infrastructure
Please provide details of the results associated with the net zero initiatives that you have implemented: 2022/2023 Carbon Reduction Plan to be published shortly. We have recently published a press statement about our 2022/2023 achievements which can be vieed at: https://www.shoosmiths.com/insights/news/shoosmiths-makes-strides-towards-environmental-goals-with-validated-targets-and-carbon-reduction
Please tell us about any future net zero initiatives that you plan to implement: • Continue to review opportunities to reduce carbon emissions associated with our operations. • Achieve and maintain 100% renewable energy for electricity and gas. • Continue to engage with our supply chain encouraging the measurement and reporting of emissions associated with our business and the setting of science-based emissions reduction targets that lead to reductions in suppliers’ scopes 1 and 2 emissions. • Raising awareness and upskilling our staff to demonstrate the opportunities associated with progressing our net zero aspirations.
Please tell us about any net zero related accreditations or awards you have received: 2022: Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce Planet Saver Award. 2021: Belfast Chamber Business Awards Green Champion Award.