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Emissions and Carbon Trading

Since the earliest days of the carbon market, Allen & Overy’s multi-jurisdictional emissions trading practice in Asia, Europe and North America has expanded to meet client demand.

We are at the forefront of advising on, and drafting documentation for, the trading of emissions credits and the development of climate change projects.

We have extensive experience of working with clients in both the public and private sectors on climate change projects, including advising on the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme, the Kyoto Mechanisms (Clean Development Mechanisms, Joint Implementation and International Emissions Trading) and on both the buy and sell side of Emissions Reductions Purchase Agreements and Project Development Agreements.

Though our multi-disciplinary disciplinary team we are able to assist on all aspects of emissions related matters and projects.  We have advised extensively on how best to structure carbon-related projects (whether, for instance, in the context of a traditional finance structure or novel carbon funds or bonds) and are able to provide support on the full range of documentation required to being such projects to fruition.

As domestic carbon related regimes continue to evolve, such as the UK's Energy Efficiency Carbon Reduction Commitment, our global and local expertise ensures you are receiving the very best advice and support the market has to offer. We are also at the forefront of assisting clients on the potential impacts of mandatory greenhouse gas emissions reporting in their annual reports.

News & insights

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News: 03 FEBRUARY 2020

Top rankings for A&O’s Projects, Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure group

A&O’s global Projects, Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure group has finished top of the IJGlobal and Dealogic league tables, making 2019 another highly successful year. 

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Publications: 27 JANUARY 2020

Updated Equator Principles Finalized

Updated Equator Principles with stronger standards and a broader scope were finalized in November 2019 and are set to come into effect in July 2020. 

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Business and Human Rights Law and Policy - What's in store for 2020?

Publications: 17 JANUARY 2020

Business and Human Rights Law and Policy - What's in store for 2020?

The start of a new year is a good time to reflect on developments in global business and human rights (BHR) law and policy. There were significant changes in the relationship between business and society last year. Early signs suggest that the pace of change will pick up this year, particularly with respect to human rights.

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Publications: 29 OCTOBER 2019

Climate change reporting: preparing for a zero-carbon future

Partner Matthew Townsend and Senior PSL, Sara Feijao explain how climate change has risen to be a key concern for large listed companies and the reporting regime with which companies need to comply in the UK.

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Recognition

Our Global Climate Change practice

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We have extensive, cutting-edge experience of working with clients in both the public and private sectors on climate change projects and have the depth of resources through our international network of lawyers to help our clients achieve their commercial aims in this fast-developing market.