Muckle LLP has become the first organisation to receive a gold award in a scheme aimed at encouraging cheaper, greener and healthier travel.
The Go Smarter to Work initiative was developed for employers and employees working at Metrocentre, Newcastle and Gateshead city centres, Team Valley and Washington.
Newcastle-based law firm Muckle ticked all the right boxes, having introduced the likes of a corporate discount scheme for Metro use, a Cycle to Work scheme, a Drive Smart scheme to raise awareness of driving more sustainably, and a travel advice surgery
Peter Andrew Henson, Go Smarter to Work delivery manager at Newcastle City Council, said: “To receive Gold Accreditation, Muckle LLP have been fully engaged in the Go Smarter to Work project, have implemented the full programme of toolkit measures and have demonstrated their ongoing commitment to encouraging sustainable travel through their workplace travel plan.”
The accolade represents the latest acknowledgement of the firm’s well-established green credentials.
Despite staff numbers rising from 117 to 154 between 2010 and 2014, for example, Muckle has reduced its total emissions by 26% during the period, cutting out 76 tons of CO2.
Now, it intends to replace its petrol pool car with a zero emissions, battery powered Nissan LEAF, which can be refuelled via a charging point at the firm’s offices.
Since 2007, Muckle has also been operating a Let’s Think Green Team (LTGT), made up of volunteers, which aims to encourage, challenge and enthuse staff to care more about the environment.
The team continually reviews the sustainability of the firm’s business practices to identify areas for potential improvement, and encourages staff to find ways to live and work in a more sustainable manner.
Muckle remains one of only a handful of law firms across the UK to achieve the environmental management ISO14001 accreditation.
Andrew Davison, who leads LTGT, said: “Part of being a responsible business involves having an awareness of the impact that we have on the environment.
“To help make that happen, we all need to change our behaviour and habits to achieve a low carbon footprint.
“We have independently calculated our carbon footprint since 2009 using the Legal Sector Alliance’s recognised methodology and have recorded significant reductions each year.
“The improvements demonstrate our continuing efforts and that initiatives are really making a difference.”