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Climate change & ESG

Climate Action & Sustainability

Climate change and sustainability are set to be defining issues of this decade. As a future facing law firm, we are committed to addressing our own impact on the environment and approach to sustainability, as well as advising clients with their related legal needs. 

This section of Insight draws together the very latest hot topics, issues, analysis and advice from CMS lawyers across a broad range of Sustainability topics including: 

  • ESG
  • Sustainable Finance & Responsible Investment
  • Climate Change and Carbon Reduction
  • Energy Transition

CMS has a team of lawyers from across the firm with a unique expertise in these areas who are actively engaging with the issues and opportunities arising from Climate Change and Sustainability. Our aim is to help our clients navigate this rapidly evolving legal and commercial landscape while keeping you up-to-date with issues vital to your business with insight from our specialists. 



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20 January 2021
ESG Reg­u­la­tion – 2021 and bey­ond – How in­vest­ment banks can ad­vise their...
2021 will mark the end of the pre­vi­ous, primar­ily vol­un­tary, re­gime for ESG mat­ters and the start of reg­u­la­tion for is­suers, spon­sors and nomads. This note de­tails key reg­u­la­tions com­ing in­to force in...
19 January 2021
Ad­vising the Board on En­vir­on­ment­al Law Risk in CEE
Dir­ect­ors’ risk re­port En­vir­on­ment­al law is firmly and un­doubtedly a board-level is­sue and all busi­nesses need to fo­cus on how it im­pacts their activ­it­ies. En­vir­on­ment­al au­thor­it­ies ex­pect dir­ect­ors...
06 January 2021
Power­ing our Net Zero Fu­ture – the En­ergy White Pa­per 2020
On 14 Decem­ber 2020, the UK gov­ern­ment pub­lished its long-awaited En­ergy White Pa­per set­ting out its vis­ion for a trans­ition to clean en­ergy by 2050. In the in­tro­duc­tion to the white pa­per, Sec­ret­ary...
05 January 2021
En­ergy White Pa­per - What does it mean for 2021?
The much-an­ti­cip­ated En­ergy White Pa­per was pub­lished by the De­part­ment for Busi­ness, En­ergy and In­dus­tri­al Strategy (“BEIS”) on 14 Decem­ber 2020, set­ting out its strategy for the UK’s en­ergy trans­ition...
16 December 2020
CMS UK at­tains CDP’s A- score for cli­mate ac­tion and sus­tain­ab­il­ity pro­gramme
CMS UK is pleased to an­nounce that it has been awar­ded a score of A- by CDP in re­cog­ni­tion of its con­tinu­ous ef­forts to tackle cli­mate change is­sues as part of its Cli­mate Ac­tion and Sus­tain­ab­il­ity pro­gramme. The...
15 December 2020
EU Re­new­able En­ergy Fin­an­cing Mech­an­ism - What you need to know ahead of...
In Janu­ary 2021, the European Com­mis­sion’s Re­new­able En­ergy Fin­an­cing Mech­an­ism (“the Mech­an­ism”) will come in­to ef­fect. The Com­mis­sion has es­tab­lished the Mech­an­ism, which is a new means of fin­an­cing...
20 October 2020
FCA pro­poses new cli­mate-re­lated dis­clos­ure rule for premi­um lis­ted com­pan­ies
On 6 March 2020, the FCA an­nounced a con­sulta­tion on its pro­pos­al to in­tro­duce a new con­tinu­ing ob­lig­a­tion in the List­ing Rules that would re­quire com­mer­cial com­pan­ies with a UK premi­um list­ing to make...
24 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...
05 August 2020
Cli­mate Change and ESG
From an eth­ic­al, repu­ta­tion­al, com­mer­cial and leg­al stand­point, your ap­proach to cli­mate ac­tion and sus­tain­ab­il­ity has nev­er been more im­port­ant. In a world shift­ing rap­idly to­wards a more sus­tain­able...
12 June 2020
The EU Tax­onomy and what it might mean for the loan mar­ket
In 2018 the EU Com­mis­sion ad­op­ted a pack­age of meas­ures aimed at sup­port­ing eco­nom­ic growth while re­du­cing pres­sures on the en­vir­on­ment. Cent­ral to the EU’s plan is a frame­work to gradu­ally cre­ate a...
07 May 2020
GRESB 2020 – It’s Ques­tion Time!
GRESB has launched its 2020 Real Es­tate As­sess­ment. GRESB is the lead­ing glob­al En­vir­on­ment­al, So­cial and Gov­ernance (ESG) bench­mark for the real es­tate and in­fra­struc­ture in­dus­tries. It is a vol­un­tary...
06 May 2020
More cli­mate in the courts: UK
Two fur­ther cases re­lat­ing to po­ten­tially high green­house gas emis­sions pro­jects are to be re­viewed by the Courts in the UK. Both have po­ten­tial im­plic­a­tions for how de­velopers, in­vestors, reg­u­lat­ors...