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Tickets are open for 'Delivering on Net Zero: The Role of the In-House Lawyer' on 29 June

Updated: Jun 21, 2021

Join this esela webinar to find out how in-house lawyers are championing rapid climate action

Delivering on Net Zero: The Role of the In-House Lawyer

Tuesday 29 June 2021

10:00 am EDT (New York) | 15:00 BST (UK) | 16:00 CEST (Milan) | 19:30 IST (Delhi)

CPD | 90 minutes self-certified CPD points

Mobilising the legal profession to help bring about the transition to net-zero requires wide-spread and substantial engagement.

In-house lawyers are ideally placed to help deliver meaningful climate action as internal advocates for climate action.

This webinar, hosted by esela - The legal network for social impact, will share how counsel at E.ON, Deutsche Bank, Certas Energy, ARUP, Colt Technologies and GSK are working to embed climate considerations within their organisations.

This event is held in partnership with Lawyers for Net Zero and as part of London Climate Action Week 2021.

The role of law and lawyers in addressing the climate crisis

The legal profession is beginning to take notice and play an active role in addressing the climate crisis. Solutions to climate change within law are accelerating with the development of open-source climate aligned contract clauses and new model laws by The Chancery Lane Project, and tools for law-firms to apply in reducing their carbon footprint through The Legal Sustainability Alliance.

As the Race to Zero speeds up, governments and policy makers are increasingly using taxation incentives and public procurement to signal that climate considerations are now good business practice. Within this context, while law firms are considering their climate commitments, in-house lawyers are working with their companies to accelerate the transition.


This session will focus on the role and experiences of in-house counsel, and will present principles that can be applied to bring about a climate conscious transition in their organisation.

Find out how in-house lawyers are:

  • Building knowledge of the implications of climate change to deliver their role

  • Advising on transition risks of changes needed to achieve net zero emissions, physical risks if climate change is left unchecked and greenwashing risks if net zero targets fall short or commitments are unmet.

  • Embedding net zero targets through the work of the legal team, including in contracts and supply chains.

  • Working towards ‘legitimate’ net zero, by ensuring that in addition to the main climate pledge, there are suitable interim targets and a robust plan.

This event will be in English and is free to attend.




  • Paul Watchman, Special Legal Adviser at UNEP Principles of Sustainable Development Net Zero Insurance Underwriters Alliance

  • Kirin Kalsi, Head of Legal UK at E.ON



  • Sarah Dobson, Executive Director of esela - The legal network for social impact



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