Net Zero Tech

Supporting you on your net zero journey

Technology is central to the ability of Governments and businesses around the world to deliver on their climate pledges.

Delivering technological innovation to the timescales required to achieve the net zero transition goals will require rapid change across all aspects of the global economy.

No aspect of business will remain unchanged – governance, operations, supply chain.  Businesses will need to undertake more technology focused transactions and projects to transform the way they do business.

Change will take place against an increasingly complex regulatory backdrop – exacting disclosure and reporting standards, greater regulatory and stakeholder scrutiny.

Rising to this challenge will be critical to success and securing finance.

At Linklaters we have a global team ready to support businesses on this journey.

Net zero technologies

A range of technologies are being developed and deployed to enable businesses to transition to net zero

Net zero technologies

Enabling change across key industries

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Read more below on how we support our clients across these key industries

Our net zero tech solutions

Power Generation and Carbon Capture

Smart grid technologies can bring more efficient and integrated energy storage, transmission and distribution, and use of renewables. Clean hydrogen offers an alternative fuel for sectors which are difficult to electrify and innovation in carbon capture and storage technologies could cut emissions in many sectors.  

Our Green Energy Group advises on all aspects of the energy transition (including renewable energy, CCUS and hydrogen, batteries and energy storage) and has a reputation for advising on the highest profile deals across the globe. The award-winning team has an in-depth understanding of all established renewable energy asset classes, including solar PV, solar thermal, onshore wind, offshore wind, biomass, geothermal, hydropower and energy-from-waste and is active on novel solutions like wave and tidal, floating solar, floating wind and second-generation biomass/anaerobic digestion. 

Read more on our thought leadership, our experience and our global team.

Renewable Energy

Getting Hy? Ambition and the art of the possible in the search for a hydrogen economy

Mobility and Transport

Electricity generated from renewable sources and clean hydrogen are key to zero-emission transport and are enabled by technology developments in electric vehicles, EV charging networks, EV batteries and hydrogen solutions.

Intelligent systems provide efficiencies in mobility and transport, for example, fleet management to optimise delivery routing. Tech can also enable low or no carbon alternatives to transport such as drone delivery or the use of 3D printing to produce goods.  

Linklaters has been involved with the development of clean transport across the globe. Our Automotive sector has been advising a range of clients, from automotive manufacturers to investors and financial institutions on joint ventures and M&A, regulation and entries into new markets and the financing and development / expansion of existing businesses as well as on the electrification of existing transport infrastructure.

Read more on our thought leadership, our experience and our global team.

Clean transport: A Net Zero System by Linklaters

Built Environment

Smart buildings lower emissions by using more energy efficient technologies such as LED lighting and by using sensors and systems to enable automated processes to improve the efficiency of operations such as a building heating and lighting.  Sustainable materials and renewable energy sources can be used in the construction and operation of buildings.

Read more on Sustainable Real Estate

Industrial Processes

Electrifying equipment and processes and converting to renewable sources for electric power will be key to reducing emissions for industry.  Read more on Renewable Energy

Digital transformation of manufacturing practices and other businesses processes can bring transparency and efficiency to operations and product lifecycles (including supply, distribution and waste management).  Advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things can be used to innovate and improve business performance.

We support clients in enabling their digital strategies and use of advanced technologies: acquiring, developing or procuring tech, and protecting their strategic investments. We help clients address the myriad of novel risks and legal issues in implementing their digital strategy, particularly in highly regulated environments such as financial services and healthcare. 

Find out more about our Technology, outsourcing and procurement and Data expertise and our broader expertise in, Digital Health, Digital Infra, Energy Tech, Fintech and Industrials.

Land use, Food and Agriculture

Agriculture accounts for around one fifth of global emissions and reducing emissions will require societal changes. Sustainably sourcing products is increasingly important to consumers. Technology can enable many of the changes required to reduce emissions including the use of:

  • precision farming using sensors and AI systems 
  • zero-emissions farm equipment
  • meat alternatives
  • methane inhibitors
  • anaerobic manure processing
  • bioengineering
  • carbon sequestration.

Our consumer sector clients include those involved in agriculture chemicals and processing, food production, specialist ingredients, packaged goods, consumer brands, supermarkets, clothing and electronic retailers, luxury goods and beverages. 

Linklaters' lawyers advise many of the leading companies in the consumer sector on the most complex, multi-jurisdictional corporate M&A, corporate reorganisations, competition issues, tax, IP and equity and debt financings as well as joint ventures.

Read more on Consumer and the Environment.

Investing in net zero tech

The transition to net zero is driving global businesses increasingly to focus on technology investment transactions to best use the wealth of expertise and intellectual property being developed by emerging technology players.

Collaboration: Collaborating with these technology companies can take many forms, including: acquisition and venture/growth capital, minority investments linked with commercial collaboration, joint ventures and technology partnerships, acquisitions and mergers of businesses at different stages of evolution.

Securing value: Critical to effective collaboration is a clear understanding of the technology or value proposition of the partner, the role that the technology or business will play post-transaction in the transition strategy and the underlying motivations of the technology partner and its management. Whatever the scale, value or technology of the target, the unifying theme is the strategic importance to the business in seamless execution of these transactions at pace, and the establishment of commercial arrangements that will secure the long-term benefits.

Our global team: At Linklaters, we have the global team ready to support you in developing and implementing your transition strategy – investing in technology to achieve your net zero objectives. Whatever the nature of your investment, our experience and expertise from advising investors and companies across the entire investment cycle will enable us to help you achieve a smooth and successful transaction.

Additional resources

Featured technology thought leaderships and resources

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Tech Legal Outlook 2022

In 2022 technology will be critical to organisations as they adapt to a changing world and invest in a digital and more sustainable future. From AI to climate tech, fintech to space tech, tech will continue to be instrumental in powering recovery from Covid-19, enabling opportunities and offering solutions to some of the world’s greatest challenges.

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COP26: Tech in the Spotlight

Post-COP26, the tech sector is squarely in the spotlight. COP26 gives us a clear direction of travel  –and the world needs the tech sector to lead the way. Those operating in this space will need to make firm choices to future-proof their business – choices around which "ESGtech" solutions to pursue, “ESG by design” and investment options for growth.

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Bringing UK capital and expertise together to make energy transition a reality

Linklaters partner Stuart Bedford collaborated with Dr Joe Briscoe to co-author a chapter of the “Energy and Climate Change Law Institute Review”, published by Queen Mary University. The publication traverses some of the exciting emerging technologies expected to make an impact on carbon reduction and the focuses on the investment opportunities and challenges.

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Improvements in Earth observation from space will help us meet our climate targets

Space has an increasingly important role in ensuring global leaders deliver on their Earthly promises made during the COP26 negotiations in Glasgow. These promises centre around how to deliver the ambitious Paris target of limiting global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius. To meet this goal (and to keep our politicians accountable) we need access to more and better quality data to track the sources of greenhouse gas emissions, monitor progress and inform policy decision-making.

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UK Net Zero Strategy

In the lead up to the COP26 United Nations climate summit which the UK is hosting in Glasgow, the UK government published its much-anticipated Net Zero Strategy, Heat & Buildings Strategy and the outcome of the Treasury’s Net Zero Review. 

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