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The imperative for climate change has led businesses to explore opportunities, address their impact on the environment and monitor relevant regulation. CMS is working with businesses across all sectors to deliver environment law advice on transactional, contentious and regulatory matters.

For over 25 years, we have led in a wide variety of transactional work where environment issues are dominant, including the cutting-edge development of contractual language.

Environment regulation is a huge element of the ESG mix. Issues are wide ranging and typical ESG environmental law considerations are outlined in the diagram below:

Highlights of our environmental impact track record

Energy efficiency: advised various private equity funds, banks and large international manufacturing and real estate organisations such as Columbia Threadneedle Investments, Ametek, and John Laing Infrastructure Fund on energy efficiency, carbon and related reporting obligations across the EU. 

Clean Energy: numerous clean energy projects, including biomass, anaerobic digestion, EfW, landfill gas, energy storage, marine, wind and solar. 

SPAs: Orkney Council on Scottish Government proposals to designate large areas of Orkney waters as Special Protection Areas.

Best Available Techniques (BAT): Day Group on the reversal of a rare environmental permit refusal (based on BAT) for an IBA facility. 

Non-financial and GHG reporting: International manufacturer with installations across the EU and elsewhere, on GHG and non-financial reporting obligations at EU and UK levels. Advice included Article 8 of the Energy Efficiency Directive, ESOS and CRC.

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