Orrick’s strategy has three prongs: to be a leading legal advisor to the Technology & Innovation, Energy & Infrastructure, and Finance sectors globally; to be the best law firm to work for; and to innovate delivery of ever-increasing quality and value. Our commitment to sustainability is integral to all three.
We have pioneered the field of corporate PPAs, innovating to help technology, energy, and other public companies achieve sustainability goals by purchasing renewable energy. We help municipalities across the country raise funding to install green energy infrastructure, from turning waste into jet fuel to installing solar panels. We collaborate with innovative ventures like Blue Forest to finance reforestation, preventing wildfires, protecting water, and reducing carbon emissions. We provide advice to organizations like the Wild Salmon Center so they can do their work to protect natural strongholds. All of these efforts have been recognized by Financial Times as innovative approaches to sustainability.
As a best place to work, we foster a “one team” approach to our firm culture. All Orrick offices support and play an active role in conservation and sustainability objectives. We have identified “Green Champions” in each office, who help implement firmwide initiatives and launch tailored local programs. Our plans for sustainability include seeking to transform our offices into greener buildings, ensure green supply chains, and significantly reduce paper use and emissions-intensive business travel.
We also seek innovative ways to expand our sustainability efforts. For our 2020 Partners’ Meeting—our largest annual event—we are partnering with the nonprofit Cool Effect to achieve a carbon-neutral event through carbon offsets for attendee flights and event emissions. Projects funded by Orrick’s purchase of carbon offsets include protecting against deforestation in Peru, improving the sustainability of an eagle preserve in Pennsylvania, and supplying clean-burning cookstoves in Honduras, China, Malawi, and Uganda.
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How is this calculated?
Cool Effect harnessed the EPA’s most recently established emission factor data (2018) and approximated flight lengths from credible online sources. In order to estimate the total metric tonnage of greenhouse gas emissions per flight, Cool Effect chose to combine emissions of carbon dioxide (1:1), methane (25:1) and nitrous oxide (298:1) and adjust for the distinct global warming potential of each gas.
Cool Effect then applied these values over three different flight-length categories: Short, Medium and Long Haul. The purposeful inclusion of methane and nitrous oxide distinguishes this Flight Emissions Calculator from other sources, which often include solely carbon dioxide in their calculations.
Rounded to the nearest 0.01 tonnes, the Cool Effect Flight Emissions Calculator is meant to provide the environmentally-conscious flyer with sound knowledge on which to base each decision to offset.
While the Cool Effect Flight Emissions Calculator is one viable resource, there are many other credible emission calculators out there to explore, such as ICAO’s Flight Calculator, Virgin Atlantic’s Carbon Neutral Calculator, or the TerraPass Carbon Footprint Calculator. Each source will likely result in slightly different emissions estimates due to the host of responsible assumptions that must be made when considering the impacts of air travel.
By selecting a length of flight and purchasing carbon credits equivalent to its estimated emissions, you are helping to compensate for the effect your flight has on the planet. More than 90% of your donation goes to support the 14 projects listed on the Cool Effect platform that reduce or prevent emissions.
At the end of the day, the idea is simple: Do what you can, anything that keeps the planet cooler helps! If your flight length falls between two options, Cool Effect humbly challenges you to round up! Clearly, the planet is heating up and Mother Earth appreciates every tonne that helps to keep her cool!
90%+ Directly to Projects
More than 90% of each dollar you donate goes directly to helping our projects, with a small fee of only 9.87% to help us cover credit charges, research, and possible registration fees.
Here’s a breakdown:
- 1.5% Research Fee
- 2–4% Credit Card Fee
- Registry Fee (where applicable)
- Remainder for Cool Effect Administration Fee
Who is Cool Effect?
Cool Effect works with the world’s best carbon-reducing projects, giving people an easy way to effectively fight climate change. Combining science and transparency, our approach allows individuals to verifiably reduce carbon emissions and help transform communities around the world.