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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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12 June 2020
The EU Tax­onomy and what it might mean for the loan mar­ket
The EU Tax­onomy and what it might mean for the loan mar­ket pub­lic­a­tion from CMS. Find out more.
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...
23 March 2020
Fo­cus is on mak­ing suc­cess­ful tour­ism sus­tain­able
Ro­land Smith writes an art­icle "Fo­cus is on mak­ing suc­cess­ful tour­ism sus­tain­able" for The Her­ald news­pa­per. Read here
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,...
11 March 2020
Sus­tain­able Fin­ance or Re­spons­ible In­vest­ment – a guide for as­set man­agers
Re­spons­ible In­vest­ment has, in a few short years, moved from be­ing an out­lier in the as­set man­age­ment world to an is­sue of glob­al im­port­ance which is front and centre of polit­ic­al, leg­al and mar­ket pri­or­it­ies. This doc­u­ment is in­ten­ded to give an over­view
13 February 2020
The Road to COP26
Ber­lin – Kyoto – Doha – Par­is – Katowice – Mad­rid – Glas­gow: The Road to COP26 This year from 9 – 20th Novem­ber, Glas­gow will host COP 26, the 26th an­nu­al Con­fer­ence of the Parties (COP)...
31 October 2019
Sus­tain­ab­il­ity in Real Es­tate: Trends, Op­por­tun­it­ies and Chal­lenges - Key...
CMS’ real es­tate and real es­tate fin­ance teams re­cently hos­ted a pan­el dis­cus­sion ex­plor­ing some of the trends, op­por­tun­it­ies and chal­lenges fa­cing the real es­tate sec­tor in the en­vir­on­ment­al, so­cial and gov­ernance (ESG) sphere. ESG factors are be­com­ing i
11 December 2019
A huge mo­ment for busi­ness: European Green Deal
After much an­ti­cip­a­tion and am­bi­tious prom­ises from the in­com­ing EU Com­mis­sion Pres­id­ent Ur­sula von der Ley­en, the European Com­mis­sion today an­nounced the con­tent of its European Green Deal. No one should...
9 October 2019
Latest po­s­i­tion on EU tax­onomy reg­u­la­tion re sus­tain­able fin­ance
On 24 Septem­ber 2019, the EU Coun­cil pub­lished this 'I' Item Note giv­ing its ma­jor­ity ap­prov­al to pro­ceed with the next stage in the le­gis­lat­ive jour­ney of the “Tax­onomy Reg­u­la­tion”, be­ing in­vit­ing ne­go­ti­ations with the European Par­lia­ment. An aim of the
18 November 2019
Re­spons­ible In­vest­ment- the IA's Frame­work for a Com­mon Lan­guage
On 18 Novem­ber 2019, the In­vest­ment As­so­ci­ation re­leased its Re­spons­ible In­vest­ment Frame­work Fi­nal Re­port the “Re­port”). The Re­port fol­lows the IA’s con­sulta­tion at the be­gin­ning of this year,...
1 October 2019
Cli­mate change: fin­an­cial in­sti­tu­tions and their stake­hold­ers - PRA ex­pect­a­tions...
From 15 Oc­to­ber 2019, UK banks and in­surers are ex­pec­ted to have ini­tial plans in place to ad­dress the ex­pect­a­tions set out in the Pruden­tial Reg­u­lat­ory Au­thor­ity's (PRA) Su­per­vis­ory State­ment (SS) 3/19, ‘En­han­cing banks’ and in­surers’ ap­proaches to man­ag
25 October 2019
Plan­ning judg­ment on air qual­ity: con­tem­por­ary com­mer­cial think­ing ex­posed?
On 12th Septem­ber 2019 the Court of Ap­peal handed down its judg­ment up­hold­ing re­fus­als to grant two re­lated plan­ning per­mis­sions for large res­id­en­tial de­vel­op­ments in Kent. Whilst the reas­on­ing for the...