Environment & Climate Change

Clients around the world rely on the team’s cutting-edge expertise in the law, regulation and soft law applicable to those environmental issues that  affect global trade and industrial activity. These include climate change, policy, emissions abatement, product stewardship and decommissioning legacy management.

Linklaters’ environment law team is unique in having a presence in Europe, the US and BRIC, giving it a global reach that enables us to provide comparative regulatory advice and to support  transactional activity across the world. The group is well known for its stand-alone expertise, but also functions seamlessly with market-leading corporate, energy & infrastructure, financial regulatory and derivatives teams.

Recent environment and climate change transactions include advising:

  • Reficar in relation to the environment aspects of the development and financing of the expansion and upgrade of a refinery located in Cartagena, Colombia. This financing won the PFM Latin American  Downstream Oil & Gas Deal of the Year Award.
  • Royal Bank of Scotland in relation to the financing of the Sleaford biomass power generation project, the first financing of a UK biomass project for many years.
  • The IFC, a member of The World Bank Group, on the establishment of a carbon facility for the forward purchase of posts-2012 carbon credits from projects in developing countries between 2012 and 2020
  • KfW-IPEX, NIBIC, LBBW in relation to the environmental and planning law aspects of its financing of the offshore wind farm "Baltic 1" in the Baltic Sea. The wind farm is located in the German exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and subject to a distinct regulatory regime