Campaign for Greener Arbitrations
An initiative to reduce the carbon footprint of international arbitrations through behavioural change.
The Campaign for Greener Arbitrations began as a promise by an international arbitrator to manage her arbitrations in an environmentally friendly manner. In 2019, Lucy Greenwood launched what she termed her ‘Green Pledge’ to minimise the impact of her arbitration practice on the environment.
The Green Pledge caught the attention of the wider arbitration community and soon hundreds of individuals had signed up to the pledge. Lucy realised that while the Green Pledge worked for those who practised as arbitrators, the arbitration community was keen to get behind a broader campaign to address the waste and unnecessary travel that often occurred in international arbitrations. As a result, she brought together representatives of key stakeholders in international arbitrations to spearhead the Campaign for Greener Arbitrations. Individuals from arbitration institutions, arbitrators, law firms, hearing venues, third party funders, conference organisers, legal journalists, legal technology providers and corporate clients have come together to reinforce the message that we all share responsibility for reducing the carbon footprint of our industry.