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UK power generation assets: optimisation and monetisation

In recent years, the UK power sector has seen owners and/or operators of generation assets increasingly reflect on their commercial strategies with respect to their operations. In the case of power plants, this has involved a...more

8/6/2014 - Energy Power Plants UK Utilities Sector

Brownfield land in the UK: lenders' liability

In this fourth in our series of briefings on topics relevant to those involved in brownfield land, we look at the issue of lenders’ liability in respect of risks arising from brownfield sites under environmental law in...more

5/1/2014 - Brownfield Properties Environmental Policies EU Lender Liability

Brownfield land in the UK: ‘baseline surveys’

In this third in our series of briefings on topics relevant to those involved with “brownfield” land, we focus on “baseline” contamination surveys....more

3/31/2014 - Brownfield Properties Contaminated Properties UK

Brownfield land in the UK: environmental indemnities

Introduction - In this second in our series of briefings on topics relevant to those involved in brownfield land, we focus on environmental indemnities....more

2/26/2014 - Brownfield Properties Environmental Liability Indemnification UK

Shale Gas in the UK: a year in review (a regulatory and policy update)

Introduction - Shale gas exploration is now featuring in the news headlines in the UK on an almost daily basis. The positions of those for and against extraction of unconventional gas through hydraulic fracturing...more

2/18/2014 - Fracking Shale Gas UK

Brownfield land in the UK: directors’ and officers’ liability

Introduction - In this first in a series of briefings on topics relevant to those involved in brownfield land, we look at the issue of directors’ and officers’ personal liability....more

1/21/2014 - Brownfield Properties Directors Officers Personal Liability Professional Liability

Aviation Emissions: The ICAO outcome and its impact on the EU aviation emissions trading scheme

Synopsis - As the EU Parliament prepares to vote on the latest proposals to amend the Aviation ETS, this client alert examines the proposals in the context of the developments at the ICAO Assembly held in October...more

1/7/2014 - Aviation Industry Carbon Emissions EU Greenhouse Gas Emissions ICAO

Friday 13th: an Unlucky Day for Scottish Liquidators

On 13 December 2013, the Court of Session ruled that the liquidators of The Scottish Coal Company Limited (SCC) were not able to disclaim ownership of certain open-cast mines and the environmental permits which were connected...more

12/20/2013 - EU Insolvency Licenses Liquidation Mining Permits UK

Emergency Response in the Energy & Natural Resources Sector: The Lawyers’ Perspective

Introduction - The term "emergency" can encompass a wide range of events, including on and off shore casualty incidents, such as fire, explosion and collision, environmental disasters, the impact of sanctions and/or...more

12/12/2013 - Attorney-Client Privilege Emergency Management Plans Emergency Response Jurisdiction Natural Disasters Safety Precautions Training

Update on Electricity Market Reform: The Capacity Market

This is the last of a series of three short client alerts summarising recent developments in the UK government’s Electricity Market Reform (EMR) programme....more

8/20/2013 - Auction Electricity Energy Consumption Energy Policy EU UK

Update on Electricity Market Reform: Contracts for Difference

This is the second of a series of three client alerts considering recent developments in the UK Government’s Electricity Market Reform (EMR) programme. In the first alert, we gave an overview of the EMR programme. One...more

8/14/2013 - Contract Drafting Contracts for Difference Electricity EU Feed-in-Tariffs Renewable Energy UK

UK Electricity Market Reform update: overview

Background - The UK government’s Electricity Market Reform (EMR) programme represents the single biggest change to this country’s electricity market in a generation....more

8/6/2013 - Electricity Energy Energy Policy Infrastructure UK

Comparison of Conflict Minerals Regulation: EU/United States

The European Union may soon join the United States in requiring certain companies to investigate and disclose whether certain minerals used in their products originated in conflict-affected or high-risk areas. On June 26,...more

7/16/2013 - Conflict Mineral Rules Dodd-Frank EU European Commission Mining Natural Resources

EU Proposes Further Measures Towards Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Ships

As a first step towards reducing the marine transport industry’s greenhouse gas emissions, on 28 June 2013 the European Commission (the “Commission”) tabled a draft Regulation to introduce a system of monitoring and...more

7/5/2013 - EU European Commission Greenhouse Gas Emissions Proposed Legislation Shipping Vessels

Shale Update: Is Britain on the cusp of a shale gas boom?

Supply to more than meet demand - It was recently reported that iGas studies show that sites in the north-west of England contain much larger shale gas resources than previously anticipated. These studies indicate that...more

6/29/2013 - Energy Consumption Energy Policy EU Fracking Oil & Gas Shale Gas

UK Shale Gas – A Regulatory Update

Key discussion points - ..Energy crisis and new “dash for gas” set to ignite UK shale market ..Moratorium on exploration lifted ..New industry guidance issued, UK and EU shale-specific legislation under...more

3/19/2013 - EU Fracking Shale Gas UKOOG

RoHS 2: New Obligations for Manufacturers, Importers and Distributors from 2 January 2013

On the 2nd of January 2013, the Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2012 (RoHS 2) came into force in the UK. As previously reported on our blog of 18 May...more

1/16/2013 - Distributors Electricity Electronic Devices Electronics EU Hazardous Substances Importers Manufacturers RoHS 2

COP18 - Doha 2012: Day 12 & 13 of the Conference

Introduction - The plenary sessions of the AWG-LCA and AWG-DP finally closed in the late afternoon of Friday 7 December 2012, leaving many issues to be put to the COP for resolution. With the COP meeting only opening for...more

12/12/2012 - Climate Change COP Green Energy Kyoto Protocol

COP18 - Doha 2012: Day 11 of the Conference

Introduction - The AWG-KP closed on Thursday 6 December 2012 amidst on-going discussions in the other Working Groups. The atmosphere is beginning to become tense as delegates see the end of the conference approaching...more

12/7/2012 - Energy Policy Greenhouse Gas Emissions Renewable Energy

COP18 - Doha 2012: Day 10 of the Conference

Introduction - The high-level segment continued on Wednesday 5 December 2012, slowly drawing together the threads of agreement. A further stocktaking plenary session was held in the evening to assess progress, but the...more

12/6/2012 - Energy Policy Greenhouse Gas Emissions Renewable Energy

COP18 - Doha 2012: Day 9 of the Conference

Introduction - The high-level segment of the conference opened on Tuesday 4 December 2012, sandwiched between further contact group meetings and informal consultations. The buzz from Monday continues to permeate the...more

12/5/2012 - Energy Policy Greenhouse Gas Emissions Renewable Energy

COP18 - Doha 2012: Day 8 of the Conference

Introduction - “It must be understood that what we are negotiating here is a complete transformation of the economic structure of the world. This cannot happen overnight…” said Christiana Figueres, the head of the UN...more

12/5/2012 - Climate Change COP

COP18 - Doha 2012: Day 5, 6 & 7 of the Conference

The prospect of having nothing clearly agreed after a week of negotiations seemed to hang over proceedings on Friday 30 November 2012. However, as the sun set on Saturday 1 December 2012, the delegates’ motivation began to...more

12/3/2012 - COP Greenhouse Gas Emissions

COP18 - Doha 2012: Day 4 of the Conference

Introduction - With finance at the top of the agenda on “Youth Day” Thursday 29 November 2012 there was broad concern to avoiding falling down a “climate finance cliff” as the European Commission’s lead climate...more

12/3/2012 - COP Greenhouse Gas Emissions

COP18 - Doha 2012: Day 3 of the Conference

Introduction - The discussions continued on Wednesday 28 November 2012 against the backdrop of protests by the Youth Group, demonstrating for an increase in the parties’ ambitions. The Doha Conference: Day Three...more

11/29/2012 - Climate Change Greenhouse Gas Emissions Kyoto Protocol

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