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Weightmans retains top environmental certifications as it reduces paper use by almost two thirds

National law firm Weightmans has retained its ISO140001 and 50001 certifications following successful audits, as it continues to exceed expectations…

National law firm Weightmans has retained its ISO140001 and 50001 certifications following successful audits, as it continues to exceed expectations with its environmental and energy management systems.

ISO 14001 and 50001 are internationally-recognised certifications, given to organisations making significant progress in all areas of environmental and energy management. It requires a business to consider their impact on all relevant environmental issues – for Weightmans, the priority continues to be reducing paper usage, business road miles, waste generation and overall energy consumption.

The firm has implemented a number of measures in the last 12 months, including a full scale paperlite project and movement of the Liverpool headquarters to agile working. The changes have resulted in a 23% reduction in road miles travelled as a business, 44% reduction in pages printed and 57.2% reduction in paper purchased.

As well as reducing overall office space, the refurbishment of the Liverpool office was designed to be as energy efficient as possible. The use of LED lights is estimated to save 30,697 kWh per year – the equivalent of 680,000 days of laptop use.

Partner and lead of Weightmans’ environmental programme Simon Colvin said:

“Although homeworking since late March has undoubtedly helped, the extent of the firm’s work to reduce its carbon footprint cannot be underestimated, with all initiatives implemented way before the coronavirus pandemic.

“We are delighted to have retained these certifications – it’s an important demonstration of our continuing commitment to conserving resources and minimising our impact on the environment.”

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