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Environmental Disclosure and Corporate Environmental Transparency

With a mass of new and changing legislation in this area, environmental issues and transparency initiatives continue to be a headline issue for boardrooms.

SEC reporting requirements on environmental issues, new EU transparency requirements and obligations to report on environmental impacts and standards in annual reports, are just a couple of examples.

Allen & Overy’s environmental and regulatory law experts advise on all types of environmental disclosure requirements and associated problems, such as commercial confidentiality. Whether the issue of disclosure arises in respect of a statutory or permit based obligation, as a result of a request from a regulator or even under pressure from interested stakeholders, Allen & Overy’s sector specific knowledge helps clients grappling with the legal and commercial implications, particularly in relation to business sensitive matters.

The ability to obtain information from government and public bodies which may concern your business or the business of others is both a positive and negative development. We can advise on exactly what "freedom of access to information" might mean for you, and how defences, like commercial confidentiality and national security, come into play.

News & insights

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Publications: 20 January 2022

The European Parliament’s wish list on the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM)

On 21 December 2021, the European Parliament’s (EP) Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (the Committee) published its Draft Report on the proposal for a Regulation of the…

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Publications: 04 January 2022

Polish hydrogen strategy

New opportunities for the development of a low carbon hydrogen economy in Poland

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Publications: 24 December 2021

Towards enforcement of the EU Conflict Minerals Regulation in Belgium

Although the EU Conflict Minerals Regulation no. 2017/821 of 17 May 20171 (the CMR) entered into force on 1 January 2021, there has been no sign of any national enforcement system in Belgium so far.…

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Publications: 18 March 2020

European commission publishes draft climate law: Europe’s “man on the moon” moment?

On 4 March 2020, the European Commission (the Commission) published a draft EU climate law, along with inception impact assessments for an EU carbon border adjustment mechanism and revisions to the…

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