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COP26: legal analysis and commentary

The 2021 UN Climate Change Conference, covered by CMS experts

The stakes for COP26 could not be higher. Current nationally determined contributions won’t limit global warming to the levels set out in the Paris Agreement. COP26 is, in the words of its president Alok Sharma, “our last chance to avoid the worst effects of climate change.”

CMS will be covering COP26 as it happens, with an analysis of the conference negotiations and outcomes, and a broader view of the themes and issues in the COP26 programme.

Our COP26 hub will offer insights into the challenges of the adaptation needed to limit climate change, as well as the risks and impact of climate change itself. We will also be looking at opportunities for business, such as green finance, renewable energy, and new technology to cut greenhouse gas emissions. 

We will be adding new content daily during COP26, so check back regularly to stay up to date.


Un­der­stand COP26 – fre­quently asked ques­tions
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Cli­mate ac­tion: us­ing the law to drive change


Re­ima­gin­ing our En­ergy – Re­new­able Heat
Did you know that heat­ing of build­ing ac­counts for over a third of the UK’s green­house gas emis­sions? That might come as a sur­prise to you, or maybe not, giv­en that it is a bit chilly here.  Heat­ing...
Will ESG re­lated con­cerns res­ult in courts ad­opt­ing a more pur­pos­ive ap­proach...
Giv­en the in­creas­ing prom­in­ence of ESG is­sues, the de­cision of the Su­preme Court in Ok­p­abi and oth­ers v Roy­al Dutch Shell Plc and an­oth­er [2021] UK­SC 3 has po­ten­tially pro­found im­plic­a­tions for group...
Evol­u­tion not re­volu­tion: Cor­por­ate Re­spons­ib­il­ity and Cli­mate Change
Cli­mate change, sus­tain­ab­il­ity, and ESG are no longer niche areas of in­terest – they have be­come fun­da­ment­al to the way busi­nesses op­er­ate and im­pact the way we live our lives. Com­pan­ies face an im­port­ant...
Cli­mate and sus­tain­ab­il­ity in Com­mer­cial Con­tracts
As COP26 ap­proaches, we have a spe­cial ses­sion look­ing at cli­mate and sus­tain­ab­il­ity is­sues arising in the com­mer­cial con­tracts con­text.Duncan Turn­er will dis­cuss re­cent de­vel­op­ments and trends in re­la­tion...
Sus­tain­able Fin­ance June series
This brief­ing note con­siders EU Tax­onomy, Tech­nic­al Screen­ing Cri­ter­ia for Cli­mate Mit­ig­a­tion and Cli­mate Ad­apt­a­tion, the im­plic­a­tions of the fi­nal­isa­tion of this Del­eg­ated Act in terms of the dis­clos­ure...
Road to COP 26: Re­ima­gin­ing Tour­ism (Video)
Our Road to COP26 Re­ima­gined series looks ahead and an­ti­cip­ates the is­sues and op­por­tun­it­ies that cli­mate change presents across a num­ber of sec­tors and areas that im­pact our cli­ents.   In this video...
More video high­lights from the CMS Smart Cit­ies and ESG Roundtable event...
Video high­lights from the CMS Smart Cit­ies and ESG Roundtable event fea­tur­ing...
Ma­jor in­dustry sur­vey re­veals ex­tent to which tech­no­logy is re­volu­tion­ising...
Over 4,000 glob­al in­dustry lead­ers, of­fice oc­cu­pi­ers, renters, re­tail de­cision makers and life sci­ences pro­fes­sion­als con­sul­ted in biggest in­dustry sur­vey of its kind to un­pack how, where and why tech­no­logy...
In­dustry lead­ers be­lieve pen­sion funds will take a hit as a res­ult of the con­tin­ued ex­ten­sion of the morator­i­um on un­paid rent, which won’t sup­port ten­ant re­cov­ery in the long term  The de­cision by...
Yearn­ing for a re­turn to the of­fice grows
People miss the of­fice, the hu­man in­ter­ac­tion it pro­motes and the clear bound­ar­ies that of­fice life cre­ates between per­son­al and pro­fes­sion­al life.In many or­gan­isa­tions, it has been young­er people who have lob­bied hard­est for a re­turn to the of­fice, un­able to work sat­is­fact­or­ily at home and miss­ing the op­por­tun­it­ies and so­cial in­ter­ac­tion that of­fice life presents.As city centres be­gin to work out a new fu­ture, tech­no­logy will be at the heart of the de­bate, with the more fa­vour­able build­ings al­low­ing people to work seam­lessly and con­nect with col­leagues around the world at the same time as giv­ing a feel­ing of safety and se­cur­ity.With ‘the di­git­al work­place’ now con­sidered the new work­ing en­vir­on­ment, em­ploy­ers need to both em­bed the phys­ic­al im­ple­ment­a­tion of smart tech­no­logy in their build­ings and to en­sure the vir­tu­al work­ing ex­per­i­ence trans­forms the em­ploy­ee ex­per­i­ence by fos­ter­ing ef­fi­ciency, in­nov­a­tion and the so­cial ele­ments that many people crave in their work­place.
A new di­vide for of­fices
Tech­no­logy and an in­nov­at­ive ap­proach to sus­tain­ab­il­ity and well­being are set to se­cure the fu­ture of the of­fice. In a world where the of­fice now has to com­pete with the com­fort of work­ing from home, it needs to find a new pur­pose to per­suade people to re­turn to the com­mute, at least some of the time.