4 Rivers has taken the pledge for greener arbitrations.
The international arbitration community has talked about how we might arbitrate climate change issues. We also need to consider our own impact on climate change, and, better still, we need to act on it.
The pledge for greener arbitrations outlines a few specific steps which we can take to reduce the impact of arbitration on the climate. As an arbitration practitioner will, wherever possible:
- Consider and question the need to fly;
- Offset the carbon emissions of any flights made to and from arbitration hearings;
- Use screen sharing or video technology wherever;
- Suggest, where appropriate, that witnesses give evidence through video conference rather than attend hearings in person;
- Not request hard copies of documents;
- Strongly discourage the use of hard copy bundles in hearings;
- Review the level of air conditioning in hearing rooms.
The pledge for greener arbitrations was Lucy Greenwood’s idea. If you would like to take it as well, you may do so here.