Environment

Ukraine

Companies face increasing regulatory, governance and public pressure to manage and minimise the environmental impact of their business operations. At the same time the environmental agenda is opening up significant opportunities for new and evolving businesses.

CMS has consistently led in the area of specialist environmental legal advice, based on our depth of knowledge and experience across a wide range of industry sectors.

As well as providing counsel on current and proposed regulations, we work with clients on a variety of transactions where environmental issues are of crucial importance. We also advise on disputes in relation to regulatory enforcement, permit appeals and variations, civil nuisance, claims under indemnities and warranties, insurance, D&O claims and professional negligence.

Multi-national and national organisations come to us for matters where environment issues, risks and opportunities are significant to the commercial success of their business. We work for clients in virtually all sectors, including chemicals, clean-tech, construction, consumer products, energy, energy efficiency, energy from waste, environment consultancies, finance, infrastructure and projects, insurance, manufacturing, real estate and hotels, renewables, telecoms, transport, water and waste management. We are well-known for our horizon scanning and creative thinking. 

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02/11/2018
Tack­ling plastic – new meas­ures for the food and drink in­dustry
In the au­tumn 2018 Budget, the UK gov­ern­ment an­nounced that it will in­tro­duce a tax on plastic pack­aging pro­duced in, or im­por­ted in­to, the UK, which con­tains less than 30% re­cycled con­tent (sub­ject to con­sulta­tion).
30/10/2018
Car­riage ban on mar­ine fuels with sul­phur con­tent above 0.50% form­ally...
On 26 Oc­to­ber 2018, dur­ing its 73rd ses­sion on 22 - 26 Oc­to­ber, the Mar­ine En­vir­on­ment Pro­tec­tion Com­mit­tee (‘MEPC73’) of the In­ter­na­tion­al Mari­time Or­gan­iz­a­tion (the ‘IMO’) form­ally ad­op­ted the car­riage ban on mar­ine fuels with sul­phur con­tent above 0.
29/10/2018
Pro­pos­al for a Dir­ect­ive on single use plastic ad­op­ted by the European...
On Wed­nes­day 24 Oc­to­ber the European Par­lia­ment ap­proved, by an over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity, the pro­pos­al for a Dir­ect­ive on the re­duc­tion of the im­pact of cer­tain plastic products on the en­vir­on­ment (the “Pro­pos­al”) with amend­ments.
12/10/2018
Dutch ju­di­ciary com­pre­hens­ively re­jects gov­ern­ment’s cli­mate change...
On 9th Oc­to­ber 2018, The Hag­ue Court of Ap­peal handed down its judg­ment in a long run­ning ap­peal brought by the Dutch gov­ern­ment against a judg­ment (dated 24th June 2015) of The Hag­ue Dis­trict Court. The earli­er judg­ment be­came fam­ous across the world, be­cause.
21/09/2018
EU to define €100’s of bil­lions pa of sus­tain­able in­vest­ment
It is easy to ask: what does sus­tain­able in­vest­ment mean? The an­swer is not simple even though a lot rides on it. In the EU cli­mate and en­ergy space alone, the EU es­tim­ates that ad­di­tion­al sus­tain­able in­vest­ment will need to rise to €180 bil­lion per an­num (on.
31/07/2018
EU cir­cu­lar eco­nomy pack­age
In early Ju­ly 2018 the EU’s Cir­cu­lar Eco­nomy pack­age came in­to force. This is made up of four new EU Dir­ect­ives which amend ex­ist­ing dir­ect­ives on waste man­age­ment, land­fill, pack­aging and pack­aging waste, end-of-life vehicles, waste bat­ter­ies, and waste elec­tric­al.