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The recent decision by a Dutch court against Shell (Milieudefensie et al. v Royal Dutch Shell plc) has expanded climate litigation into the protection of fundamental rights and the imposition of positive duties on companies in respect of their future actions.
The global challenge to transition to a carbon neutral economy increasingly dictates that climate conservation becomes an integral part of decision making in the private and public sector. The Climate Change Act (2050 Target Amendment) Order 2019 has legislated the UK target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 100% by 2050.
COVID-19 prepared the industry for the potential impacts of Brexit in many ways. The issues faced from March 2020 onwards (including delays in imports, shortages of materials, increased prices and labour issues) were, in a sense, pre-empting what might come when the United Kingdom officially left the European Union.
In our previous article, we looked at the challenges facing designers in the energy from waste (EfW) sector. Since then, and putting aside the impact of COVID-19, it is fair to say that the UK’s growth in this sector has slowed considerably. But that is not due to a lack of appetite for investment. This article looks at the recent EfW deals which have been struck, the future for EfW projects in the UK, and the challenges which building designers face.
Sustainability in the Middle East - transitioning to a lower carbon economy by building smart cities?
Imagine a city where you land in the airport from your flight, walk through and be taken on a high-speed underground only a short ride from the city centre. The facial recognition software inbuilt into the system already knows where you’re going – so an auto-shuttle picks you up to take you to your hotel. No need to check-in – the hotel already knows it’s you and you can sign into the room. The city has no cars, no streets and no carbon emissions. Everything you need is within walking distance.
A summary of recent global regulatory developments, including what to expect from the forthcoming white paper for the reform of UK corporate governance and audit oversight, the Climate Biennial Exploratory Scenario (CBES) stress test to be launched in June 2021 and the Danish corporate governance recommendations introduced on 1 January 2021.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak MP delivered his second budget yesterday which predominantly focused on maintaining, extending and creating new COVID-19 measures. This budget was a response to the pandemic first and foremost and, on that front, it more than delivered. Here, our commercial experts provide an overview of what the measures mean to businesses in a number of critical areas.
2021 promises to be a year dominated by evolution, transformation, and resilience. In this article we identify some of the key areas and issues that will have an impact upon the London marine market in 2021.
The EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) provides the basis for further legal certainty to be agreed following the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020. It was, as we all saw, a fairly tortuous journey and securing a deal seemed impossible at times because both sides had very different aims in mind.
A roundup of recent developments in the sustainability sphere, including modern methods of construction coverage issues tackled by the Spanish Courts, the impact of MMC on insurers, how to minimise the risks of retrofitting homes by 2050 in the race to zero and the impacts of the Supreme Court decision in permitting a third runway at Heathrow Airport.