Allens

Climate Change

Key contacts

Andrew Mansour

Andrew Mansour
+61 2 9230 4552
Email Andrew

View CV

Emily Gerrard

Emily Gerrard
+61 3 9613 8611
Email Emily

Tweet us @allenslegal using #COP21

Carbon Neutral Program

In 2014, Allens became certified carbon neutral in line with the National Carbon Offset Standard through the Carbon Neutral Program – the first Australian law firm to do so.

Read the media release

Qantas Future Planet Program

We continually look at innovative ways to become a more sustainable firm and this year, we are proud to be partnering with Qantas on the Qantas Future Planet Program, to support carbon credit projects. Learn more about the partnership.

Learn more about the partnership

It's been a big year so far for climate change mitigation and adaptation developments, and the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22) took place from 7-18 November in Marrakech. COP22 was preceded by the Paris Agreement, negotiated at COP21 last year, which has just entered into force.

As you know, the Paris Agreement commits parties to limit the increase in global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and a trajectory towards reaching net zero emissions in the second half of this century. It also establishes a mechanism for countries to set and review their national emissions targets every five years, with increasing ambition. In this way, the Agreement is intended to drive domestic action on climate change.

COP22 in Marrakech saw the first meeting of parties to the Paris Agreement and further negotiation between parties about the key mechanisms that will underpin its successful implementation and operation. These mechanisms include a global market mechanism for the transfer of greenhouse gas emissions, mitigation outcomes and rules relating to accounting and transparency under the Agreement.

Our Co-Head of Allens' Climate Change Group, Emily Gerrard, was in Marrakech at COP22 and heard first-hand formal negotiations being undertaken by country-party representatives. She heard from business and policy leaders in attendance and was privy to Australian Government briefings throughout the two-week conference.

Emily kept clients up to date via LinkedIn and Twitter.

Recent videos

Watch Dr Alan Finkel AO, Australia's Chief Scientist share his thoughts on the way technology is driving our ability to transform the energy sector, the ideal mix of technology in renewables and the role science has to play in our low carbon future.

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Watch Carbon Market Institute CEO Peter Castellas discuss:

with Emily Gerrard, the key takeaways from an inspiring breakfast event with Mary Robinson, President of the Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice, and former United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy on Climate Change and President of Ireland.

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Australia's climate change policy for 2020 and beyond

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The safeguard mechanism proposal (part one and two)

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Allens was proud to be a gold sponsor of the Carbon Market Institute's 'Australian Emissions Reduction Summit'. Visit our sponsorship page to learn more.

Our team

Allens' Climate Change Group comprises specialists from our energy, resources, finance, tax, corporate, environmental, litigation and infrastructure practice areas.

Our extensive resources, including our alliance with Linklaters, enable us to stay abreast of legal issues relating to climate change across multiple jurisdictions and to keep our clients informed of climate change-related regulation in Australia, Asia and Europe.

Our experience

We provide advice to companies on their obligations under the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Scheme and the Renewable Energy Target, as well as on the opportunities and risks arising out of the Federal Government's Emissions Reduction Fund and Direct Action Plan. This work has included the preparation of detailed compliance manuals, advising on legal issues arising under these schemes, making submissions on behalf of clients to the Clean Energy Regulator, and drafting contractual provisions for joint venture agreements, outsourcing contracts, supply contracts and hedging agreements that deal with the allocation of carbon-related costs.

We advise clients on projects aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, both domestically under the Carbon Farming Initiative (as expanded by the Emissions Reduction Fund) and overseas under the Clean Development Mechanism. We are also at the forefront of legal developments on greenhouse gas emissions from mining and energy projects and the potential for offsetting those emissions. In addition, our experience in the renewable energy sector spans all aspects of new projects, from environmental and planning studies and project financing, to design, construction and the ongoing operation.

Our approach

Allens is one of the largest commercial legal firms operating across Asia. We are recognised as one of the pre-eminent law firms in the region.

Our experience, together with our focus upon building strong relationships with our clients and understanding their interests, means that we are well placed to assist them deal with the legal issues associated with climate change.

Key contacts

Andrew Mansour

Andrew Mansour
+61 2 9230 4552
Email Andrew

View CV

Emily Gerrard

Emily Gerrard
+61 3 9613 8611
Email Emily

Tweet us @allenslegal using #COP21

Carbon Neutral Program

In 2014, Allens became certified carbon neutral in line with the National Carbon Offset Standard through the Carbon Neutral Program – the first Australian law firm to do so.

Read the media release

Qantas Future Planet Program

We continually look at innovative ways to become a more sustainable firm and this year, we are proud to be partnering with Qantas on the Qantas Future Planet Program, to support carbon credit projects. Learn more about the partnership.

Learn more about the partnership