As of April 2020, the Australian Government’s carbon neutral certification program, Climate Active, recognised Gilbert + Tobin as the first law firm in Australia to provide net zero carbon legal services.
This is for the period FY19 and follows an initial certification for the firm’s operational footprint for FY18. This certification means that any emissions associated with legal services, are measured and offset.
We are proud to have achieved the status of a certified carbon neutral organisation for 3 years in a row, and this is the first year we have been certified carbon neutral for services.
The Full Gilbert + Tobin Climate Active Carbon Neutral Standard Public Disclosure Statement can be viewed here.
Achieving a certified carbon neutral status is important to our firm. We are committed to being an outstanding corporate citizen and have a long, proud track record of taking action to manage our environmental impacts. Both our clients and staff are increasingly seeking to work with carbon neutral organisations.
We give considerable thought to our choice of carbon credits to offset our emissions and are supporting the growth of renewable energy in developing countries. This year we purchased the bulk of our carbon credits from wind projects in India. We also continued our support for local Aboriginal carbon abatement programs by purchasing a smaller number of credits from the Aboriginal carbon foundation – this year from a savannah burning project at Merepah Station in Cape York. Merepah Station is Aboriginal-owned land and fire management is delivering a valuable income stream for the Moompa-Awu Aboriginal Corporation. The Merepah Fire Project involves strategic fire management, including aerial and ground burning as well as fire suppression to reduce late dry-season wildfires, in turn decreasing carbon emissions. [More information here.]
View the firm’s profile on the government’s Climate Active website here.