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21 September 20204 minute read

DLA Piper commits to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as part of sustainability strategy

DLA Piper International has committed to set science-based targets to reduce emissions across its entire value chain through the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi), a coalition established in 2015 which enables companies to set emission reduction targets in line with the Paris Agreement.

The initiative champions science-based target setting as a powerful way of boosting companies' competitive advantage in the transition to the low-carbon economy. It is a collaboration between CDP, the United Nations (UN) Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The SBTi is the lead partner of the Business Ambition for 1.5°C campaign – an urgent call to action from a global coalition of UN agencies, business and industry leaders, calling on companies to set science-based targets that align with limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.

DLA Piper's International Co-Head for Sustainability and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG), Natasha Luther-Jones, said: "Climate change is a serious and pressing issue, and we all have our part to play in supporting a more responsible approach to greenhouse gas emissions. Being part of the Business Ambition for 1.5 degree campaign and setting verifiable science-based targets allows us to step up our ambition to tackle the climate crisis as we make adjustments over the coming months and years to deliver against our targets."

International Co-Head for Sustainability and ESG, Jean-Pierre (JP) Douglas-Henry, added: "We all have our part to play in transitioning towards a more sustainable future and signing up to Science Based Targets is just the first of many steps we'll be taking over the next year."

Jacqueline King, Chief Operating Officer, added: "Reducing the impact our business has on the environment is an important part of our sustainability journey. Over the coming months, and led by our International Energy and Climate Committee, we will develop the strategy and plans across all our operations and value chain to deliver the target for verification by SBTi as we play our part to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees. This is just the first, but important, step towards increasing and intensifying our focus on the impact we have on the communities in which we operate and we look forward to announcing more advances in the near future."