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With more than 450 lawyers in more than 70 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.


CMS Green Globe
Stay in­formed about the latest sus­tain­ab­il­ity claims trends and de­vel­op­ments CMS Green Globe is an in­ter­act­ive plat­form that al­lows busi­nesses and cli­ents to stay aware and duly in­formed about all the main rap­idly chan­ging trends and de­vel­op­ments re­lated to sus­tain­ab­il­ity claims across the world.Here you will find in­form­a­tion on reg­u­la­tion and de­vel­op­ments you need to know when ad­vert­ising and mar­ket­ing your busi­ness or product by us­ing sus­tain­ab­il­ity claims as well as our key ex­perts to sup­port you in nav­ig­at­ing the world of such claims.CMS Green Globe helps you to avoid gre­en­wash­ing your con­sumer in your jur­is­dic­tion as well as across the globe. Dis­cov­er CMS Green Globe Best ex­plored on desktop
CMS Next
What’s next? In a world of ever-ac­cel­er­at­ing change, stay­ing ahead of the curve and know­ing what’s next for your busi­ness or sec­tor is es­sen­tial.At CMS, we see ourselves not only as your leg­al ad­visers but also as your busi­ness part­ners. We work to­geth­er with you to not only re­solve cur­rent is­sues but to an­ti­cip­ate fu­ture chal­lenges and in­nov­ate to meet them.With our latest pub­lic­a­tion, CMS Next, our ex­perts will reg­u­larly of­fer you in­sights in­to and fresh per­spect­ives on a range of is­sues that busi­nesses have to deal with – from ESG agen­das to re­struc­tur­ing after the pan­dem­ic or fa­cing the di­git­al trans­form­a­tion. We will also share with you more about the work that we are do­ing for our cli­ents, help­ing them in­nov­ate, grow and mit­ig­ate risk.To be able to provide you with the best sup­port, we im­merse ourselves in your world to un­der­stand your leg­al needs and chal­lenges. However, it is equally im­port­ant that you know who we are and how we can work with you. So, we in­vite you to meet our ex­perts and catch a glimpse of what is hap­pen­ing in­side CMS.En­joy read­ing this pub­lic­a­tion, which we will up­date reg­u­larly with new con­tent.CMS Ex­ec­ut­ive Team
Im­pact Cli­mate Change: rise of share­hold­er act­iv­ism and board re­spons­ib­il­ity...
ESG and cli­mate change lit­ig­a­tion: ex­tern­al pres­sure on com­pan­ies CMS’s Cli­mate Change Risk Re­port con­firmed the im­pact on cor­por­a­tions from ex­tern­al pub­lic in­terest groups that are fo­cused on cli­mate change.As this art­icle shows, a key driver of Cli­mate Risk for cor­por­a­tions re­volves around in­form­a­tion. Com­pan­ies are pro­du­cing re­ports that are de­lu­ging in­vestors with in­form­a­tion on how they are meas­ur­ing and man­aging their im­pact on and from cli­mate change. Cli­mate change is one of the en­vir­on­ment­al factors provided for in the let­ter “E” of the ESG prin­ciples: En­vir­on­ment­al, So­cial and Gov­ernance.Cli­mate change lit­ig­a­tion is a dir­ect and grow­ing risk to cor­por­a­tions that fall un­der the spot­light of a vari­ety of po­ten­tial claims against an in­creas­ing num­ber of po­ten­tial claimants. It is prudent to act­ively man­age this risk through dis­pute avoid­ance strategies, hav­ing plans in place to deal quickly and ef­fect­ively with the situ­ation where a claim is brought, and un­der­stand­ing the key fea­tures that are  typ­ic­ally at  play in such lit­ig­a­tion.Cli­mate change lit­ig­a­tion is as­cend­ing the cor­por­ate-risk re­gister. NGOs and in­di­vidu­als are in­creas­ingly us­ing the courts to try to achieve their ob­ject­ives, in­clud­ing en­for­cing cor­por­ate and gov­ern­ment­al ad­her­ence to en­vir­on­ment­al reg­u­la­tions, sus­tain­ab­il­ity tar­gets and broad­er ESG prin­ciples. Lit­ig­a­tion can also en­cour­age be­ha­vi­our­al change by rais­ing pub­lic aware­ness for cli­mate change, en­vir­on­ment­al harms and oth­er hu­man rights in­fringe­ments. Spurred on by land­mark judg­ments in the Neth­er­lands, Ger­many, Nor­way, Italy, France, Ire­land and the UK, cli­mate change claims have now been filed in over 40 coun­tries.The COV­ID-19  crisis  has  already ac­cel­er­ated  a  fo­cus on sus­tain­ab­il­ity and so­cial re­spons­ib­il­ity. In ad­di­tion, ex­ist­ing so­cial dy­nam­ics res­ult in more pub­lic pres­sure on cli­mate-change pre­ven­tion.If the trans­ition pro­cess will not go fast enough, private en­force­ment through lit­ig­a­tion in court might act as a ‘big stick’, mo­tiv­at­ing cor­por­a­tions to get on the right track.In ad­di­tion to pres­sure from ex­tern­al parties, po­ten­tial in­vestors and share­hold­ers are also in­creas­ing their in­tern­al fo­cus on cli­mate change and ESG.
Hy­dro­gen law, reg­u­la­tions & strategy in the Neth­er­lands
1. Cur­rent State of Hy­dro­gen Pro­jects in The Neth­er­lands Gen­er­al info The Neth­er­lands is on the fore­front of the de­vel­op­ment of in­ter­na­tion­al hy­dro­gen in­fra­struc­ture, with the city of Rot­ter­dam be­ing...
Tak­ing stock of hy­dro­gen de­vel­op­ments 2020-2021
With de­vel­op­ments in the low car­bon hy­dro­gen space pro­lif­er­at­ing and gov­ern­ments cre­at­ing new policies to reg­u­late these de­vel­op­ments, join CMS ex­perts to ex­plore the key changes over the last 12 months...
Sus­tain­ab­il­ity Claims and Gre­en­wash­ing we­bin­ar
Join CMS we­bin­ar on Sus­tain­ab­il­ity Claims and Gre­en­wash­ing, which will be presen­ted by the CMS Con­sumer Products Sec­tor Group mem­bers Nikolas Gregor from our Ger­man prac­tice, Stu­art Helmer from our UK...