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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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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
26 July 2019
EU tax­onomy: Steer­ing cap­it­al flows to­wards a sus­tain­able fu­ture for Europe
Last month a group of ex­perts rep­res­ent­ing a range of European fin­an­cial ser­vices sec­tors, in­ter­na­tion­al or­gan­isa­tions and civil so­ci­ety pub­lished their re­com­mend­a­tions for an EU tax­onomy for sus­tain­able...
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...
19 July 2019
Po­s­eidon Prin­ciples and re­spons­ible ship fin­an­cing
On 18th June 2019, 11 banks with col­lect­ively over $100bn in as­sets and rep­res­ent­ing nearly 20% of the glob­al ship fin­ance signed a glob­al frame­work agree­ment, called the Po­s­eidon Prin­ciples. These are...
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...
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...
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...
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...