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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: 09 APRIL 2021

When Green meets Digital

What’s behind the new “European Green Digital Coalition”?

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Publications: 02 APRIL 2021

The people’s climate case declared inadmissible: not all climate litigation roads lead to Rome

In the past years (and months), there has been a growing wave of climate change litigation cases, and the cases where plaintiffs have (successfully) invoked fundamental rights are increasing. In our…

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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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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…

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