Whether you are in the public sector or private sector, applying green outcomes to your own organisation or setting policy for others, we support our clients to achieve their green commitments both in their business as usual work as well as with new, leading green projects. As legal advisers, we help clients deliver projects with the “how” - how can it be done?
But we can also help clients with the “what” - what can and should you be doing to achieve green objectives?
Our commitment to our clients
A key focus and commitment for us is to support our public sector clients in the critical role that they play in addressing the climate change crisis at both national and local level. We will be providing information and support to those seeking to do more, starting with how to truly embed “green” practices into everyday business as usual activities across all practice areas.
How do we achieve this?
Green obligations for Central Government
We are on hand to assist central government bodies do their part in reaching Net Zero, including advising on:
- the requirements under PPN 06/21 when undertaking procurements for major government contracts;
- how environmental considerations can be addressed throughout the procurement lifecycle; and
- ensuring contracts entered into as a result of procurement exercises can be effectively enforced after the procurement exercise has concluded.
The construction sector is playing a central role in the shift to a low-carbon economy. The sector’s greenhouse gas emissions are significant; but re-mapping the Built Environment is a key part of the Green Industrial Revolution and our construction lawyers are here to help.Read more
When entering into agreements with providers, contracting authorities can include “green” provisions, which:
- include contractual obligations to work towards an organisation’s carbon footprint reduction target;
- stipulate the environmentally-friendly materials, processes etc which must be used to deliver the contract; and
- include incentives/penalties for delivery/failure to meet targets; and
- remain proportionate to the subject matter of the contract.
The development of “green” infrastructure is a critical part of meeting the UK’s net zero commitments and we have advised on numerous environmentally-focused projects involving water resilience, renewable energy, and electric vehicles. We can assist with the wide-ranging implications of green projects, including planning, subsidy control, procurement and regulation.Read more
Our Planning team are able to help clients to understand and comply with national and local planning policies including:
- Assisting LPAs with regards to plan-making and developing policies designed to meet environmental objectives
- Advising clients during the decision-making process and applying green policies to applications e.g. carbon offsetting;
- Advising developers to design planning applications which comply with relevant policies; and
We are able to advise contracting authorities seeking to incorporate social value into their procurements by advising on:
- whether the authority maximised the potential environmental benefits that can be obtained from the procurement;
- the appropriate weighting to allocate to environmental considerations; and
- how to fairly evaluate tender submissions which provide environmentally based solutions.
Our real estate team can assist local authorities and developers with achieving sustainable projects, whether it be incorporating ‘green’ infrastructure such as electric vehicle charging points or renewable energy options into redevelopment schemes, or advising on provisions to include within estate portfolio leases to support environmentally-friendly objectives.Read more
Green obligations for Waste
We are on hand to advise local authorities on the new obligations introduced under the Environment Act 2021 in relation to waste procurements, including allowing built-in contract flexibility to create a robust solution which also allows for future changes introduced by regulations under the Act.Read more
Green word of the week:
Making things as simple as
Part of the difficulty of striving to be green at home, in particular industries and in law is understanding the jargon! Feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to submit your own words that you want to demystify.
This week's word is:
A change in climate (including global temperatures and weather patterns) occurring both naturally and accelerated by human caused activities causing the emission of greenhouse gases. Used interchangeably with “Global Warming”. Generally when we refer to Climate Change we are focused on human caused activities.
Our ‘Green Steves’ series
As part of our commitment to helping local authorities innovate in the green space, our infrastructure and energy partner, Steve Gummer has teamed up with Steve Cirell to produce a series of thought pieces about what local authorities could be doing to further the green agenda.Read more
Each week we will highlight a green news story from the public or private sector
Refurbishment and Retrofitting: In with the old, out with the new!
Finding ways to decarbonise the construction sector represents a huge challenge for policymakers and stakeholders.
Even as buildings become more energy-efficient to maintain and power, vast amounts of carbon are usually emitted during the manufacture of components and the construction of new buildings.Read more
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