Response and adaptation to climate change has moved from a debate about society’s impact upon the environment to a significant economic and environmental challenge for industry. Sustainability and efficiency imperatives present both opportunity and risk, requiring innovative and informed legal solutions.
HWL Ebsworth’s Climate Change and Sustainability Group comprises a national team of specialists in energy, environment, finance, infrastructure, planning, property and resources who deliver commercial, whole of sector solutions in response to the rapidly evolving legal and regulatory framework.
We have an in depth understanding of market trading mechanisms relating to renewable energy certificates, energy efficiency certificates and carbon credits; voluntary products in regulated and non-regulated markets; compliance and regulatory issues in project planning and implementation; regulatory reporting such as the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Scheme (NGERS; contractual drafting requirements; and market operation mechanisms.
We work with our clients to adapt to climate change policy and regulation, commercially realise water security and supply in line with policy reform initiatives, facilitate renewable energy projects, implement climate change adaptation strategies and ecologically sustainable development principles, negotiate green energy contracts including planning, construction and monitoring of green building and infrastructure projects (Green Star, NABERS), green leases and rating benchmarks, respond to the climate change issues arising in relation to development and infrastructure projects and seize opportunities to manage risk in carbon trading markets.