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Stibbe has received the CO2 Neutral label and remains Belgium’s first and only carbon-neutral law firm

Stibbe has received the CO2 Neutral label and remains Belgium’s first and only carbon-neutral law firm

Stibbe has received the CO2 Neutral label and remains Belgium’s first and only carbon-neutral law firm

01.12.2015 BE law

Stibbe has received, for the second consecutive year, the "CO2 Neutral" label from CO2Logic and Vinçotte. Named the first carbon-neutral law firm in Belgium in the fall of 2014, the firm doubled the efforts in 2015 and reduced emissions with an additional 7% compared to the previous year.

The Brussels office was able to compensate its remaining CO2 emissions by supporting a CO2logic climate project in India. Achieving the carbon-neutral status was a milestone in our ongoing environmental policy and demonstrates the firm’s commitment make a difference.

Initiatives to achieve this objective include stimulating the use of car sharing system Cambio, the use of public transport (with over 90% of our employees coming to work by public transport), cutting edge videoconferencing facilities as an alternative to long-distance travelling, and efficient energy management of our office. The commitment of the Brussels office to further reduce its climate impact involves compensating the remaining CO2 emissions to achieve net zero emissions.

Figure 1 - Videoconferencing facilities as an alternative to long-distance travelling

Videoconferencing facilities as an alternative to long-distance travelling

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Stibbe continues to back up a mini-hydro project in India providing electricity from an irrigation canal, a clean energy source, to make it available to the local population. The electricity generated helps meeting electricity demand and stabilizing frequent grid failures in the southern regional grid of India. Apart from generating a utility in the local region, the project has also positive socio-economic implications and is certified by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). For more information about this mini-hydro project in India, click here.

Jan Peeters, Managing Partner of Stibbe says: “It is increasingly critical for firms to take responsibility for their impact on the environment. I am proud that our Brussels office, in line with our Amsterdam office, has renewed its commitment. We will continue to make a difference."

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