Lowndes’ carboNZero Commitment Recognised
It is with great satisfaction that Lowndes has again reached our carbon reduction targets and continued our carboNZero certification through Enviro-Mark Solutions in 2019. Lowndes was the first law firm independently certified carbon zero in 2007 and we have been continuously certified since then. Enviro-Mark Solutions’ carboNZero programme is accredited through the Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand and is the world’s first to be accredited under ISO 14065. The carboNZero programme is recognised in over 60 countries through the International Accreditation Forum.
We’re honoured that our efforts to achieve and exceed our carbon reduction targets have resulted in our nomination for Excellence in Climate Action (small organisation). The criteria requires a carbon footprint of less than 200 tCO2e, certification for at least 3 years, and achieving a minimum of 20% absolute reduction in carbon emissions. From there, performance is judged based on actual tonnes reduced.
Enviro-Mark CEO, Dr Ann Smith says “The Awards are a way in which we recognise the collective of inspiring organisations we work with and celebrate their amazing work in environmental sustainability. These are organisations leading the way to a low carbon economy, and we are proud to be supporting them on this journey.”
Enviro-Mark is very impressive in bringing organisations on board this journey. Since 2006, they have certified over 2,000 GHG inventories for companies from 5 countries, representing more than 182 million tonnes of GHG emissions – that’s more than twice New Zealand’s annual emissions. They have also reduced their own emissions by 52%.
This year Lowndes has offset our carbon emissions with credit from Puhi Peaks Permanent Forest Sink Initiative (PFSI). PFSI promotes the establishment of permanent forests on private land giving the landowners the opportunity to earn emission units for the carbon absorbed by their forests.
If you are interested in joining us on this journey please visit Enviro-Mark.
Lowndes is an award winning corporate and commercial law firm with offices in the heart of Auckland and Wellington. The firm serves local and international companies and investors doing business in New Zealand.
We are recognised for our technical expertise and exceptional client service including high levels of responsiveness and reliability, accessibility of our lawyers, and an unwavering focus on what matters – our clients’ commercial outcomes.