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Clean Energy, Environment & Climate Change

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With more than 450 lawyers in 75 offices across the globe, our Energy & Climate Change Group is one of the largest of its kind.

It was founded on ground-breaking work designing and implementing modern energy markets and making them fit for purpose, which now involves reshaping them to meet the demands of the energy transition to a decarbonised economy, renewable power and the various responses to the climate crisis.

From advising on climate change strategy, new technologies, risk and disputes, sustainable finance, environmental regulation, corporate net zero strategies and major infrastructure projects, we advise our clients globally, operationally and strategically.

With respect to climate change, the group’s work focuses primarily on the following areas:

  • Renewable power
  • Carbon capture, use and storage
  • Hydrogen
  • Corporate net zero strategies
  • Sustainable finance
  • Electric vehicles and decarbonisation of the transport sector
  • Circular economy
  • Energy transition
  • Industrial decarbonisation

The work encompassed by our Energy & Climate Change Group is wide-ranging and across most parts of CMS’s practices, geographies and sectors.

Our lawyers work closely with our clients to ensure that the solutions we develop are commercially sound and legally compliant. They advise on financing and optimising structures from a tax perspective as well as help manage environmental risks and liabilities and resolve conflicts.

Thanks to the combination of our local expertise with our international perspective and our cross-sectoral knowledge, we help ensure clients receive the advice best suited to their business needs and to our collective future.

Please contact any of our ESG lawyers to explore solutions to your needs.

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30 June 2021
Plastics and Pack­aging laws in per­spect­ive
Plastics and pack­aging have at­trac­ted sig­ni­fic­ant con­sumer, me­dia and le­gis­lat­ive in­terest over re­cent years with an ar­ray of laws be­ing pro­posed to in­centiv­ise be­ha­vi­our­al and design change. Sig­ni­fic­ant...
14 June 2021
En­ergy Trans­ition: The evolving role of oil & gas com­pan­ies in a net-zero...
After an ex­traordin­ary year of health and eco­nom­ic chal­lenges, the glob­al oil and gas sec­tor has an es­sen­tial role to play in the eco­nom­ic re­cov­ery. The same could how­ever be said of any eco­nom­ic re­cov­ery and ex­pan­sion over the past 100 years – dur­ing this time oil and gas com­pan­ies have provided most of the primary en­ergy that has fuelled huge eco­nom­ic growth. But this time does look dif­fer­ent. The oil and gas sec­tor will power eco­nom­ic re­cov­ery not just through oil and gas ex­plor­a­tion and pro­duc­tion, but also (and per­haps counter-in­tu­it­ively to some) through fa­cil­it­at­ing the trans­ition to a lower-car­bon eco­nomy and even­tu­ally a net zero fu­ture. This re­port presents a wide-ran­ging re­view of the role of oil and gas com­pan­ies in that fu­ture.
12 May 2021
Spot­light on Sus­tain­ab­il­ity - Con­sumer Products News­let­ter
Wel­come to our brand new edi­tion of the CMS Con­sumer Products News­let­ter!
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...
18 December 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to re­new­able en­ergy law and reg­u­la­tion
Down­load our ded­ic­ated "Re­new­ables guide" pdf by click­ing on the link be­low Re­new­ables guide In­tro­duc­tion This guide in­cludes con­tri­bu­tions from some of the most act­ive law­yers in the re­new­ables sec­tor...
19 October 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to hy­dro­gen law and reg­u­la­tion
Down­load our ded­ic­ated "Hy­dro­gen guide" pdf by click­ing on the link be­low Hy­dro­gen guideA con­sensus is fast emer­ging that hy­dro­gen will play a key role as an en­ergy vec­tor and a pil­lar in the on­go­ing...
21 September 2020
Real Es­tate Re­set
From pan­dem­ic to pur­pose  As we wel­comed in a new year, the de­fin­ing is­sue of the next dec­ade looked set to be sus­tain­ab­il­ity. The rise of ESG – En­vir­on­ment, So­cial, Gov­ernance – was no flash in the pan; it was now a guid­ing prin­ciple for glob­al in­vestors and in­sti­tu­tions. Re­spond­ing to the cli­mate crisis was a pri­or­ity. And then COV­ID-19 changed everything.   Few would have pre­dicted quite how quickly the world would be turned up­side down by a glob­al pan­dem­ic, the like of which has not been seen for a cen­tury or more. The hu­man cost and in­di­vidu­al tra­gedies have been in­des­crib­able. The eco­nom­ic and so­cial im­pact un­pre­ced­en­ted. Cit­ies have be­come ghost towns. Mil­lions are work­ing from home, not of­fices. Re­tail, leis­ure and travel sec­tors have been par­tic­u­larly hard hit. And yet, in some ways, the events of 2020 have ac­cel­er­ated changes that were already gath­er­ing mo­mentum. For the real es­tate sec­tor there is now an op­por­tun­ity to re­set. For the first time, our re­search this year polls not only over 240 lead­ers across the real es­tate sec­tor, but over 1,500 seni­or of­fice oc­cu­pi­ers with de­cision mak­ing re­spons­ib­il­ity for prop­erty is­sues, and over 500 glob­al in­sti­tu­tion­al in­vestors. It takes a de­tailed look at mar­ket re­ac­tion to the pan­dem­ic and the last­ing im­pact it could have on the of­fice as­set class and the way in which we will ad­apt to our new work­ing en­vir­on­ment. We will also ex­plore real es­tate’s jour­ney from pan­dem­ic to pur­pose, as sus­tain­ab­il­ity and so­cial im­pact set the agenda for the sec­tor. This is our eighth an­nu­al re­port where we look to the fu­ture, ad­dress key is­sues fa­cing the real es­tate sec­tor and ex­plore mar­ket trends. We hope you en­joy read­ing it.
03 August 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to cli­mate change tax re­forms and in­cent­ives
There is strong evid­ence that the cli­mate is warm­ing.  The Par­is Agree­ments on Cli­mate Change puts the re­spons­ib­il­ity on gov­ern­ments to lim­it glob­al warm­ing and they are ex­pec­ted to un­der­take sig­ni­fic­ant...
29 July 2020
CMS En­ergy & Cli­mate Change Glob­al Ex­per­i­ence
With more than 450 en­ergy and cli­mate change law­yers, in­clud­ing over 100 part­ners, the CMS En­ergy and Cli­mate Change prac­tice is one of the largest of its kind in the world. Led from its Lon­don centre of ex­cel­lence, the prac­tice works across 75 of­fices glob­ally.CMS teams now work in every corner of the sec­tor across the globe to help it meet the de­mands of cli­mate change, tech­no­lo­gic­al dis­rup­tion, urb­an­isa­tion in de­vel­op­ing eco­nom­ies, so­cial con­cerns and polit­ic­al agen­das.Be­low you will find some of our ex­per­i­ence across the globe. Please get in touch with our ex­perts in your jur­is­dic­tion.Please also see our Hot Top­ics for the En­ergy Trans­ition pub­lic­a­tion.
29 July 2020
Hot Top­ics for the En­ergy Trans­ition
With more than 450 en­ergy and cli­mate change law­yers, in­clud­ing over 100 part­ners, the CMS En­ergy and Cli­mate Change prac­tice is one of the largest of its kind in the world. Led from its centres of ex­cel­lence such as Lon­don and Ab­er­deen, the prac­tice works across 75 of­fices glob­ally.Our early work in design­ing and im­ple­ment­ing mod­ern en­ergy mar­kets and sub­sequently guid­ing the sec­tor in the push to de­car­bon­isa­tion means CMS is not only a trans­ac­tion­al or pro­ject ad­viser to the sec­tor, but uniquely placed to help shape its present and fu­ture. We can help by giv­ing you our ad­vice and com­pre­hens­ive know­ledge on the top­ics lis­ted be­low.Please also see our CMS En­ergy Glob­al Ex­per­i­ence pub­lic­a­tion.
21 May 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to autonom­ous vehicles law and reg­u­la­tion
After an ini­tial wave of eu­phor­ia at the pro­spect of see­ing autonom­ous vehicles (AVs) on our streets and the as­so­ci­ated op­por­tun­it­ies and new busi­ness mod­els that AVs could cre­ate, there is now more real­ism...
23 March 2020
Fo­cus is on mak­ing suc­cess­ful tour­ism sus­tain­able
This art­icle first fea­tured in The Her­ald on 16 March 2020 The last day of this month marks what is be­ing dubbed as ‘Megxit Day’. When the Duke and Duch­ess of Sus­sex will cease to be seni­or roy­als.En­vir­on­ment­al...