b'ENVIRONMENT| LEGAL SECTOR| 2019SUSTAINABILITY INSIGHTENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCEEnvironmental management and performance have been a cornerstone of AusLSAs reporting since our inception.While we have progressively built our social reporting to involve all our member firms over the last three years, environmental management remains a major element of our program and reporting. Environmental reporting provides most of our quantitative information included in our report. Over the years AusLSA member firms have used this reporting to demonstrate their own progress as well as benchmark their results against other firms to identify areas where they can improve.The material impacts considered in our environment section are consistent with previous years reporting and include:greenhouse gas emissions from the office-based consumption of electricity and gasgreenhouse gas emissions from air and car travelgreenhouse gas emissions from the use of refrigerantsdamage to forests and other ecosystems from the harvesting and production of paper used land degradation and resource wastage from the management of waste and recycling.2019 AusLSA Member PerformanceThis year, 32 AusLSA member firms, representing 20,018 employees, participated in the Annual Sustainability Update. The number of employees covered by the report increased by 1,649 employees or by nine percent from the previous year and floor space increased by four percent.Reductions in electricity emissions continue to fall and are now at their lowest point of 1.8 tonnes per person. Likewise, paper use continues to fall and is at a new low value of 80 kilograms per person, a seventeen percent decrease from last year, and an overall decrease of twenty-seven percent over the past five years.Business travel emissions this year has reduced by 1.3 percent per head following a reduction in 2018 of 1.8 percent.Gross emissions, which doesnt include the impact of renewable energy and carbon offsets, have decreased by three percent per person. GROSS VS NET GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS Tonnes C0 -e per employee25.00 4.54 4.19 4.25 4.20 4.074.003.00 3.55 3.29 3.383.14 3.072.002015 2016 2017 2018 2019Gross Net44'