Climate Change Practice Group
As governments and industry take steps towards regulating greenhouse gas emissions, Cleantech Law Partners continues to advise clients on all aspects of the developing carbon markets, including legal issues related to climate change; origination, structuring, and procurement of carbon assets; and emissions trading.
CLP has extensive experience in establishing and implementing carbon funds and in advising international agencies, governments, and companies on the development of carbon projects (CDM, JI, REDD+, carbon capture and storage, forestry) and the trading in carbon and broader environmental rights (AAUs, CERs, ERUs, EUAs, VERs, RECs and other domestic units). Our team is active in advising state, provincial, local, and municipal governments in identifying potential ways in which to efficiently and effectively address climate change issues. In addition, CLP has a thorough understanding of the unique legal landscape pertaining to various indigenous populations and represents indigenous communities with developing carbon projects and renewable energy projects on their own land.
Areas of Expertise:
• Advising an international organization on the establishment and implementation of several of its carbon funds and drafting of emission reduction purchase agreements for renewable energy projects under those funds.
• Assisting developing countries with capacity building in relation to developing domestic legal capacity, domestic projects, and training the local private sector in the CDM project development cycle and cap and trade.
• Advising on international, regional, provincial, and domestic climate legislation and policy.
• Assisting investment banks on the purchases of ERUs, CERs and VERs and advising investments in CDM projects.
• Advising European compliance buyers on the operation and quantitative limits on CER/ERU use in different EU member states.
• Advising a European industrial operator on CER/EUA swaps and swap options with European utilities and financial institutions.
• Conducting research related to the legal title of carbon credits on land subject to claims by a First Nation or First Nations (Canadian Aboriginal communities).
• Instructing on project development and special concerns present when dealing with indigenous populations and populations lacking sophisticated market capacity.
• Assisting with the representation of a community renewable energy organization to propose a rulemaking expanding regulating carbon to include all GHGs listed under the Kyoto Protocol.
• Advised an Australian electricity retail corporation on Australia’s proposed ETS and submitted comments to the Department of Climate Change.
• Provided legal and business advice to launch the sale of tradable RECs as a new product for an Australian electricity retail corporation and drafted and negotiated contracts providing for the sale.
• Advising Pacific Island Small States at the 15th Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC in Copenhagen (December 2009).
• Greenhouse gas emission reductions
• Renewable Energy Credits (RECs)
• Carbon trading and credits
• Global climate change and carbon finance