LSA Carbon Reporting 2019

7 January 2019

IMPORTANT NEWS FOR LSA MEMBERS

As highlighted in our Christmas eNewsletter (available here) the LSA has decided in 2019 to discontinue the use of the LSA Carbon Reporting Tool and, instead, invite LSA member firms to provide us with their total carbon footprint – however calculated – which we can share for comparison.  This will allow us to apply more of our resources to the wider question of how LSA members can use their collective clout to help meet the priority Global Goals (of which Goal 13 – Climate Action – is a key one).

For the past 10 years the LSA has offered members a free platform for measuring and reporting their carbon footprint.  A lot of resource goes into managing this tool, analysing and collating the data and compiling the LSA Annual Report from the results.  Great progress has been made by all LSA members who measure and report their carbon footprint – a real result!  However, whilst measuring and reporting carbon continues to be a really important way for LSA member firms to cut their own carbon footprint and play their part in tackling climate change, we know that there are now many free carbon calculators available.  We also recognise that – for various reasons – several LSA member firms who publicly report their carbon footprint (e.g. to CDP) use methods other than the LSA Carbon Reporting Tool to do so.  With the agreement of the LSA’s Leaders Group, we have decided in 2019 to discontinue the LSA Carbon Reporting Tool and, instead, invite LSA member firms to provide us with their total carbon footprint – however calculated – which we can share for comparison.  This will allow us to apply more of our resources to the wider question of how LSA members can use their collective clout to help meet the priority Global Goals (of which Goal 13 – Climate Action – is a key one).  Any members who need advice about alternative ways to measure their carbon footprint are invited to get in touch.

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