Sintons strides towards net zero status


Law firm Sintons is stepping up its efforts in carbon efficiency by working with an international leader in sustainability to help achieve its sector-leading target of securing net zero status by 2040.

Sintons has partnered with Planet Mark, an organisation which works with some of the biggest names in the UK to support them in collectively creating a more sustainable future for the planet.

Newcastle-based Sintons has long been committed to reducing its carbon footprint, and has continually implemented initiatives to reduce paper and energy usage within its headquarters, The Cube.

Now, in what is known as the ‘Decade of Action’ to address the climate emergency, Sintons is working alongside Planet Mark to enable it to achieve net zero by 2040 – ten years ahead of the Government’s proposed 2050 deadline.

Targeting a reduction of 2.5 per cent in carbon emissions each year to get to net zero, Sintons will be supported to achieve PAS 2060 carbon neutrality status, which it hopes to achieve in the near future and has recently become a Planet Mark Certified Business.

Securing Planet Mark certification recognises an organisation’s continuous improvement and action to reduce its carbon footprint, and builds a community of like-minded ventures and people who are committed to making a difference.

And in addition to the carbon efficiency work being done in The Cube and by members of the Sintons team, Sintons’ work with Planet Mark will also be supporting charity Cool Earth to protect areas of the Ashaninka endangered rainforest in Central Peru, as well as sustainability pioneer The Eden Project.

Matt Warner, office services manager at Sintons, is leading the firm’s sustainability efforts.

“The need to be more sustainable has been a concern for Sintons for many years now, and we are very proud of the efforts we have made in cutting our emissions,” he says.

“However, we are very aware of the need to do more and urgency with which to act, and are delighted to be working with Planet Mark in enabling us to really focus on delivering our ambitions of securing net zero by 2040.

“This is an ambitious target, but one we are committed to meeting. We are working with colleagues throughout the business in considering the environmental impact of all of our activities, individually and collectively, and to implement actions in how to increase our performance in these areas.

“We are very pleased with the progress we are making already in our work with Planet Mark, and their support will be vital in us achieving our goals.”

Christopher Welch, managing partner of Sintons, adds: “Being environmentally responsible is a massive issue for businesses and one absolutely every one of us needs to act upon without delay.

“We are already a sector leader in this field, through our early action on this issue over the course of several years, so are now in a strong position to take this forward with the support of Planet Mark.

“Few are aspiring to achieve net zero ten years ahead of the Government deadline, but as a business very conscious of our role in protecting the planet, we recognise the need to take action without delay and are proud to lead the way on this.”


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