Valentina Keys

Valentina Keys

Senior Associate

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
United Kingdom
Languages English, Russian, Spanish

Valentina is an Environmental law specialist at CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP. She has been practicing this area of law since 2008. She regularly advises clients on various aspects of the sustainability/climate change agenda and the transition to a low carbon, low waste and low water economy. 

She handles advisory, regulatory, administrative, contentious and transactional matters advising corporates in relation to contractual transfer of risk and apportionment of liability for environmental damage and contaminated land, the requirement for and the interpretation of environmental permits, licences and consents, impact of onshore and offshore renewable energy developments on environment, energy audits under the Energy Efficiency Directive, REACH, product stewardship, Eco-Design of Energy Using Products, Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, climate change and cleantech, COMAH, hazardous substances (including asbestos), environmental permitting, facilities decommissioning and remediation, waste acceptance criteria and Quality Protocols, packaging waste, transfrontier shipment of waste, and the Shipping MRV Regulation.

She has a particular interest in law and policy aimed at decarbonising maritime transport.

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  • 2005 – Law Conversion Course (London City University) and Legal Practice qualification, Law School, Oxford Institute of Legal Practice
  • 2003 – LLB Modern Languages, University of Cambridge, UK
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CMS ad­vises lis­ted Pol­ish house­hold ap­pli­ances com­pany,...
Ship­ping and Car­bon: UK ap­proach to EU MRV Reg­u­la­tion and IMO DCS
As part of the European ship car­bon re­port­ing sys­tem gov­erned by the EU MRV Reg­u­la­tion (EU) 2015/757 (“EU MRV Reg­u­la­tion”) ship­ping com­pan­ies have un­til 30 April 2019 to sub­mit their ship emis­sions re­ports for rel­ev­ant ships for com­pli­ance year 1st Janu­ary.
Ship­ping and car­bon: EU and IMO sys­tems to align
On 4 Feb­ru­ary 2019 the European Com­mis­sion (EC) tabled a pro­pos­al con­cern­ing the amend­ment of Reg­u­la­tion (EU) 2015/757 on the mon­it­or­ing, re­port­ing and veri­fic­a­tion of car­bon di­ox­ide emis­sions from mari­time trans­port (the “EU MRV Reg­u­la­tion”).
Com­mis­sion­ing a scrub­ber sys­tem by 31 Decem­ber 2019 is not suf­fi­cient...
Ship own­ers, ship op­er­at­ors and ship man­agers who are busy pre­par­ing for the up­com­ing high sul­phur fuel oil (“HSFO”) ban which enters in­to force on 1 Janu­ary 2020 will be fa­mil­i­ar with the op­tion to in­stall Ex­haust Gas Clean­ing Sys­tems (EGC­Ss) oth­er­wise known.
OPRED con­sults on the fin­an­cial civil sanc­tions for off­shore en­vir­on­ment­al...
On the 20th Novem­ber 2018 the De­part­ment for Busi­ness, En­ergy and In­dus­tri­al Strategy (“BEIS”) and the Off­shore Pet­ro­leum Reg­u­lat­or for En­vir­on­ment and De­com­mis­sion­ing (“OPRED”) launched a con­sulta­tion on the draft guid­ance to ac­com­pany the Off­shore En­vir­on­ment­al.
Fin­ance reg­u­lat­ors con­sult on cli­mate change risks
On 15 Oc­to­ber 2018, the Pruden­tial Reg­u­la­tion Au­thor­ity (“PRA”) and the Fin­an­cial Con­duct Au­thor­ity (“FCA”) each began con­sulta­tions on cli­mate change risks and the lat­ter also on the green­ing of fin­ance.
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.
Re­du­cing cli­mate change emis­sions: in­equity across the sec­tors
In June 2018, the Com­mit­tee on Cli­mate Change (“CCC”) provided its 2018 pro­gress re­port to the UK par­lia­ment on the UK’s cur­rent and pro­jec­ted re­duc­tions in (do­mest­ic) green­house gases (here). As a whole, the UK gets a pat on the back for the con­tin­ued re­duc­tion.
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.
From 1 Janu­ary 2018 large ships must mon­it­or and re­port CO2 emis­sions
As of 1 Janu­ary 2018, sub­ject to a few ex­clu­sions, ships over 5000 gross ton­nage (“Rel­ev­ant Ships”) be­came sub­ject to mon­it­or­ing and re­port­ing re­quire­ments on car­bon di­ox­ide emis­sions (CO2), fuel con­sump­tion and cargo car­ried with­in all ports un­der the jur­is­dic­tion.
En­vir­on­ment: £20 mil­lion fine and costs
On 2 Feb­ru­ary 2017 Thames Wa­ter Util­it­ies Lim­ited (“Thames Wa­ter”) was warned by a Crown Court Judge, when con­sid­er­ing sen­ten­cing for wa­ter re­lated en­vir­on­ment of­fences that “The fine is go­ing to be very sub­stan­tial and the share­hold­ers have got to get the.
Min­im­um En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency Stand­ards – new guid­ance is­sued
As many read­ers will already be aware we are ap­proach­ing the im­ple­ment­a­tion of the pro­hib­i­tion on let­ting “F” and “G” rated prop­er­ties in the private sec­tor (sub­ject to a few ex­emp­tions and ex­cep­tions).