Environmental


Business leaders across the globe are examining their organisations and operations to play their part in tackling the climate crisis and to understand the opportunities and risks it brings. 

We help create sustainability strategies to mitigate against the risks and potential impacts of government policy, environmental taxation, changing market expectations and potential direct effects of climate change. An extra layer of due diligence may be required to ensure all relevant ESG considerations have been taken into account. Many local authorities have declared climate emergencies and set targets for cutting emissions, while at the same time granting permission for projects to expand airports or build new roads. They can expect to be held to account by non-governmental organisations and we could see far more litigation (including judicial review applications) on ESG-related topics.

Beyond statutory requirements, many want to go further to improve the sustainability of their businesses and work towards net zero or net positive. There are numerous different definitions and we help our clients to navigate those in developing their strategies and level of ambition. Our procurement advice focuses on helping clients achieve social value and environmental sustainability objectives via tender processes and find innovative ways of spending their money more efficiently without compromising the quality and safety of service delivery.

Our energy experts help businesses to adapt their physical infrastructure from buildings to transport and understand those changes across their supply chains including reducing reliance fossil fuels, decarbonisation, the transition to net zero, electric vehicle charging infrastructure and increasing energy efficiency. We advise on innovative energy savings, energy efficiency and demand reduction projects for real estate assets including ECO-funded retrofit measures (e.g. insulation, heating systems and communal or district heating) and funded Energy Performance Contracts (EPCs).

We advise on renewable energy projects, including solar, wind, and biomass and associated storage initiatives. We also advise on large scale commercial PV, onshore wind, biomass installations and heat pump projects.

Air pollution poses a serious threat to human health and recent high-profile judgments have brought air quality to the fore including looking at the lifetime impact of buildings of all types. We are advising investors, owner occupiers, developers and local authorities on of air quality.

Biodiversity net gain requirement for a 10% net gain came into force in November 2021. We have been working with developers and operators in the ecology sector to develop solutions to the regulatory requirements of the Environment Act 2021.

We act for UK and international authorities and private sector contractors, bid sponsors and funders on a range of waste treatment infrastructure projects.

In brief

  • Advising on all stages of Net Zero and decarbonisation initiatives – from initial inception and procurement, through to contract negotiation and delivery.
  • Advising developers, landlords and operators on the contractual arrangements underpinning the roll-out of the UK's electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
  • Helping clients achieve social value and environmental sustainability objectives
  • Helping clients navigate biodiversity and air quality requirements
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