Milestone achievement to source 100% of tenancy electricity needs from renewable sources by the end of 2020 delivered through purchase of GreenPower from its long-term client Tilt Renewables.
The announcement builds on the firm’s long-standing focus on improving its environmental performance and ambition towards becoming a carbon neutral organisation. At the same time, G+T is proud to be able to support its client Tilt Renewables who are working hard to increase the availability of green power in Australia.
Managing Partner, Danny Gilbert commented, “G+T is proud to be the leading Australian law firm in sustainability. Achieving the 100% renewable target, is an important step towards our commitment to protect our planet for future generations. We have been working on innovative and creative solutions that address our biggest environmental challenges including, reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, reducing waste and raising awareness about the role we can play as a firm and as individuals in taking action on climate change.”
“Our people across our Australian offices are a driving force behind these efforts to move to renewable energy and inspire us to continue to look for ways that we can become a more sustainable firm and create a positive impact on the environment both for our clients and the community.”
Alexander Danne commented, “This environmental milestone is a great one for our firm, but particularly so because we have been able to work with our long-term client Tilt Renewables to craft an appropriate GreenPower purchase arrangement for office-based businesses like our own. Hopefully it can become a precedent for other similarly structured and sized businesses to follow suit.”
Partner Crispian Lynch and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Eloise Schnierer, have been instrumental in driving this landmark achievement. Crispian commented, “We have been working on reducing our carbon emissions for a number of years and as an organisation these efforts continue to receive focus through the dedication and passion of our staff-run sustainability committees. Many of our clients are working to reduce their carbon footprint and they rightly want to make sure that their partners and suppliers share their commitments and are taking strong action to help address climate change.”
Gilbert + Tobin also participates in the Climate Active carbon neutral certification program. Our FY2020 carbon emissions will be offset with carbon credits from renewable energy projects in China, including the HKC Danjinghe Wind Farm Project in Heibei province, the HKC Gansu Changma Wind Power Project in Gansu province and the Liucheng Biomass Power Generation Project in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.
We also sourced 600 Australian Carbon Credit Units with social and cultural co-benefits from the Tiwi Islands Savanna Burning Project. This project is supported by the Aboriginal Carbon Foundation, a national Aboriginal-controlled not-for-profit organisation working towards a sustainable Aboriginal carbon industry. Our FY2020 Climate Active carbon neutral certification and Public Disclosure Summary will be published on our website in December.