Our environment strategy has clear objectives each year, backed by management action to reduce our carbon emissions. In recognition of this, BWB has been awarded the ISO 14001 certification. ISO 14001 is the internationally recognised standard for an organisation's environment management system.

Ceritificate number: EMS 598047

In 2009 we signed up to the10:10 initiative to reduce our carbon footprint by 10% by 2010. We are proud to say that BWB more than achieved this target.

We continue to set ambitious new targets in our aim to reduce our impact on the environment; and have saved £12,000 in lower electricity consumption in the process.

We are a member of the Legal Sector Alliance; an inclusive movement of law firms committed to taking action on climate change by reducing their carbon footprint and adopting environmentally sustainable practices.

Please click here to view our Environmental Policy Statement.

Our Current Activity

  • Formulated a comprehensive Environment Management System as part of our aim to achieve ISO 14001 certification which is reviewed on a continual basis
  • Significant activity on a ‘Paperlite Office’ project which seeks to reduce the amount of paper in the office via a reduction in printing documents and also seeks a reduction in energy usage from using printers, copiers and shredders
  • Introduction of a new Document Management System as part of our Paperlite Office project which allows users to work almost entirely within Outlook and assists in the management and filing of emails and retrieval of documents
  • Recycling e.g. paper, cans, glass, plastic, food, Tetra Paks, batteries and cartridges
  • Motion activated lighting and hand washing facilities
  • Automatic sleep mode for computers
  • Virtualisation of 53 servers on 5 physical servers to reduce power consumption
  • Supporters of the cycle to work scheme
  • All bottled water is produced in house by filtering mains water 
  • Introduction of follow-me printing and a double-sided copying facility on all printers in order to reduce paper usage as much as possible
  • Using an online 'Deeds on Demand' document store system for clients
  • Reduced the amount of paper being used for marketing material; now have online material
  • Developed a Green Purchasing Policy 

Targets for 2015/16

  • Maintain our ISO 14001 certification
  • Maintain the 10% relative carbon reduction as stipulated by the 10:10 movement in 2010, and look to achieve a further 10% reduction in the next 3 years 
  • Encourage use of Boris Bikes over taxis to attend external meetings 
  • Increase of levels of recycling
  • Continue to reduce our paper usage requirements as we continue working towards a paper-lite office 

Our Carbon Footprint 

Our current carbon footprint measurements, completed through the Legal Sector Alliance, stand at:

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 On site combustion (tonnes CO2)







 Purchased electricity (tonnes CO2)



 0 (Green tariff electricity)

0 (Green tariff electricity)

0 (Green tariff electricity)

0 (Green tariff electricity)

 Emissions per employee (tonnes CO2)







Total Emissions (tonnes CO2)