Pledge for Greener Arbitrations

Patrick has taken the Green Pledge. As an arbit­ra­tion prac­ti­tion­er com­mit­ted to ensur­ing that he min­im­ises the envir­on­ment­al impact of his prac­tice, Patrick com­mits to:

  • Cre­at­ing a work­space with a reduced envir­on­ment­al foot­print by seek­ing oppor­tun­it­ies to reduce energy con­sump­tion and waste;
  • Cor­res­pond­ing elec­tron­ic­ally, unless hard copy cor­res­pond­ence is spe­cific­ally required in the cir­cum­stances, recog­nising that e‑mail has a car­bon footprint;
  • Encour­aging the use of video con­fer­en­cing facil­it­ies as an altern­at­ive to travel (includ­ing for the pur­poses of con­duct­ing fact find­ing or wit­ness interviews);
  • Avoid­ing print­ing, encour­aging 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 that are com­mit­ted to redu­cing their envir­on­ment­al foot­print (includ­ing for the pur­poses of con­duct­ing an arbit­ra­tion hearing);
  • Con­sid­er­ing or pro­pos­ing, where appro­pri­ate, that wit­nesses or experts give evid­ence via video con­fer­en­cing facil­it­ies, rather than attend hear­ings in person;
  • Avoid­ing unne­ces­sary travel and using video­con­fer­en­cing facil­it­ies as an alternative;
  • Con­sid­er­ing and ques­tion­ing the need to fly and off­set­ting car­bon emis­sions for all arbit­ra­tion-related travel.