I’ve taken the pledge for greener arbitrations. What’s that?
The international arbitration community has talked about how we might arbitrate climate change issues. We’ve not spent the same amount of time talking about our own impact on climate change. We need to do that. Better still, we need to act on it.
The pledge for greener arbitrations outlines a few specific steps which an arbitration practitioner can take to reduce the impact of arbitration on the climate. As an arbitration practitioner committed to ensuring that I minimise the environmental impact of my practice, I commit to:
- Creating a work space with a reduced environmental footprint, including looking for opportunities to reduce energy consumption and waste;
- Corresponding electronically, unless hard copy correspondence is needed in the circumstances, while being mindful that e‑mail has a carbon footprint as well;
- Avoiding printing and requesting the use of electronic rather than hard copies of documents and promoting the use of electronic bundles at hearings;
- Using, where possible, suppliers and service providers who are committed to reducing their environmental footprint, for example when arranging an arbitration hearing;
- Avoiding unnecessary travel and using video-conferencing as an alternative;
- Encouraging or suggesting to others, where appropriate, video-conferencing as an alternative to travel, also for the purposes of fact-finding or interviewing witnesses or experts;
- Considering and questioning the need to fly at all times and offsetting carbon emissions for any arbitration-related travel.
The pledge for greener arbitrations was Lucy Greenwood’s idea. If you’re an arbitration practitioner and would like to take it as well, you may do so here.