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Clean & Alternative Energy

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CMS is at the forefront of clean and alternative energy, a continually evolving and cutting edge industry. The high number of projects and transactions on which we advise gives us a role as both advisers to the sector and in shaping the future direction of the industry. 

Our clients include utilities and independent developers, investors and financiers, contractors, governments, regulators and other stakeholders around the world. CMS has advised on emerging renewables technologies that are now considered established, and we continue to be in the vanguard of cutting edge technologies such as energy storage, floating offshore wind projects, tidal lagoons, carbon capture and storage, and nuclear fusion test projects, among others, from the UK to the Middle East, South America, Africa and Asia. Each technology and jurisdiction presents unique legal challenges through which, drawing on our extensive experience, we guide our clients.

CMS has a long history in the power sector, including advising on some of the most ground-breaking and cutting edge technologies, transactions and market reforms currently taking place. We continue to advise on the next wave of electricity market liberalisations and sector documents establishing the frameworks within which new technologies are taken forward.

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"CMS has a broad client base in the project and energy sector, which gives it excellent insight into current trends. Its advice is accurate and comprehensive, and its knowledge of renewables projects and infrastructure construction is unbeatable. Members of other teams are drawn in to assist and bring extra expertise as required. They always work well together."

Legal 500, 2020
Law-Now: Clean & Al­tern­at­ive En­ergy
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13 August 2020
CMS Sci­ence Based Tar­gets ap­proved by SBTi
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS is pleased to an­nounce that the firm’s Sci­ence Based Tar­gets have been of­fi­cially ap­proved by the Sci­ence Based Tar­gets Ini­ti­at­ive. Read more.
08 October 2020
Spot­light Scot­land - The Fu­ture of Re­new­ables
In our second Fu­ture of Re­new­ables we­bin­ar of 2020, a mix of CMS and in­vited speak­ers will look at de­vel­op­ments in the re­new­ables in­dustry in Scot­land over the last six months and what 2021 (and bey­ond) may have in store. In par­tic­u­lar, this ses­sion will
30 September 2020
Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment sets out £24bn 5 year In­fra­struc­ture In­vest­ment Plan
With COV­ID-19, curfews and loc­al lock­downs largely dom­in­at­ing head­lines, the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment has quietly pub­lished its £24bn draft In­fra­struc­ture In­vest­ment Plan (IIP) after a par­lia­ment­ary an­nounce­ment...
23 July 2020
Hab­it­ats Reg­u­la­tions Toolkit 2020
The EU nature dir­ect­ives (the Birds and Hab­it­ats Dir­ect­ives) un­der­pin the net­work of European pro­tec­ted sites known as Natura 2000. Read more here.
24 September 2020
Ban on single-use plastic items in Eng­land ef­fect­ive from 1 Oc­to­ber 2020
The De­part­ment for En­vir­on­ment, Food & Rur­al Af­fairs has pub­lished guid­ance (the “Guid­ance”) on the long-awaited ban on single-use plastic straws, stir­rers and cot­ton buds, which, sub­ject to ex­emp­tions,...
26 June 2020
Con­sent­ing and Real Es­tate Con­sid­er­a­tions for De­vel­op­ing Hy­dro­gen Pro­jects
Con­sent­ing and Real Es­tate Con­sid­er­a­tions for De­vel­op­ing Hy­dro­gen Pro­jects pub­lic­a­tion from CMS. Find out more.
23 September 2020
Pen­sions en­vir­on­ment­al, so­cial and gov­ernance in­vest­ing: An up­date
In re­cent years, en­vir­on­ment­al, so­cial and gov­ernance (ESG) and cli­mate change have be­come in­creas­ingly im­port­ant is­sues, both in the UK and glob­ally. With roughly £2.5 tril­lion in as­sets, pen­sion schemes...
11 May 2020
CMS ad­vises lenders to Green In­vest­ment Group on a land­mark port­fo­lio fin­an­cing...
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has ad­vised a large club of in­ter­na­tion­al com­mer­cial banks in re­la­tion to the pro­ject fin­an­cing fa­cil­it­ies for a 170 MW port­fo­lio of on­shore wind farms in Sweden and Nor­way owned by Macquar­ie’s Green In­vest­ment Group (GIG).
27 August 2020
Tail­ings Man­age­ment and New Stand­ards of Reg­u­la­tion
Tail­ings dam fail­ures have put the min­ing in­dustry in the head­lines for the wrong reas­ons in re­cent years. Dam fail­ures can have dis­astrous con­sequences in terms of loss of life and en­vir­on­ment­al dam­age...
18 February 2020
Mu­nir Has­san named cli­ent fa­vour­ite in the En­ergy & Nat­ur­al Re­sources cat­egory...
On 6 Feb­ru­ary 2020, the Cli­ent Choice Awards an­nounced over 100 win­ners from more than 25 jur­is­dic­tions for cli­ent ser­vice ex­cel­lence. Mu­nir Has­san, Part­ner and Head of CMS’s En­ergy and Cli­mate Change Group, has been named as the cli­ent fa­vour­ite in the E
20 August 2020
UK Gov­ern­ment con­sults on re­vised EIA Reg­u­la­tions for Off­shore Oil and...
The De­part­ment for Busi­ness En­ergy & In­dus­tri­al Strategy (BEIS) is con­sult­ing on the pro­posed Off­shore Oil and Gas Ex­plor­a­tion, Pro­duc­tion, Un­load­ing and Stor­age (En­vir­on­ment­al Im­pact As­sess­ment) Reg­u­la­tions...
11 December 2019
Vehicle to Grid Tech­no­logy: Com­mer­cial­isa­tion Path­ways
CMS has pub­lished Vehicle to Grid Tech­no­logy: Com­mer­cial­isa­tion Path­ways, our latest re­port which as­sesses V2G and the obstacles we need to over­come to ac­cess the valu­able be­ne­fits of this tech­no­logy on a wide scale. Down­load our re­port here.