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Clean Energy, Waste & Sustainability

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Clean energy, waste & sustainability expertise

We are one of few law firms in the UK with a dedicated clean energy, waste & sustainability practice.

Our clients include energy project developers, equity and debt investors, contractors, large energy consumers, utilities and other energy suppliers, local government, landlords and occupiers, energy services companies (ESCOs) and aggregators.

On the waste side we act for some of the UK’s major waste and re-usables companies, both private and public, including waste disposal authorities, waste collectors, transfer station operators, hauliers, brokers, and operators of all types of waste treatment facility including energy-from-waste.

Additionally, we help clients in all sectors to decarbonise, improve their sustainability, reduce their energy consumption and emissions, manage their waste, and address the ‘green agenda’. Our team also advises clients on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors and how these impact their businesses.

Our clean energy, waste & sustainability team is led by Clare King (clean energy), Kirstin Roberts (waste, sustainability and ESG) and James Larmour (projects & infrastructure).

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Clean energy

We have genuine in-depth knowledge of the clean energy sector, with particular expertise in renewable energy, battery storage, distributed generation, heat and innovative/smart solutions.

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We are one of the few UK law firms with a dedicated waste practice. This team is headed by Kirstin Roberts, Ben Derrington & Alison Ogley, who between them have 30 years + of specialist experience dealing with waste & recycling matters. 

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We are a multidisciplinary team of over 90 lawyers with a real passion for all things ‘green’. Find out how businesses across all sectors could generate new revenue streams and/or make cost savings by enhancing their green credentials. 

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Zero emission vehicles & charging infrastructure

Zero emission vehicles & charging infrastructure

We really understand the ZEV market – the various business models available and the key considerations of stakeholders. This allows us to help our clients realise their ambitions whilst ensuring that their commercial interests are protected. 

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Insights & webinars

  • Sustainability: buzzword or business critical?

    Don’t let your business get left behind

    Our panel of experts discussed:

    > What does sustainability actually mean and how you could work towards it in your business
    > Case study: a corporate’s approach to sustainability and how its sustainability plan has merged with its commercial plan to grow its business
    > The increased focus of investors on sustainability and how this is driving change across the supply chain

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  • Bioenergy: current market & future opportunities

    Our speakers discussed the current bioenergy market and future opportunities. We also covered the Green Gas Support Scheme, common misconceptions in the bioenergy sector, and developments in the feedstock market. A poll of attendees revealed that most believe anaerobic digestion will win out as the predominant bioenergy generation technology.

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  • Hydrogen: what’s the buzz

    The first in a series of webinars exploring the role of hydrogen in the UK economy, this session covered the energy, transport and wider infrastructure sectors. Our speakers provided a high level introduction to hydrogen in the energy sector, including:

    > How does hydrogen fit into the energy transition
    > The different methods of producing hydrogen
    > What are the main uses of hydrogen
    > What are government and industry stakeholders doing to promote hydrogen in the 2020s

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  • Hydrogen in transport

    We take a closer look at the role of hydrogen in the energy transition & hydrogen’s potential in the transport sector.

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    Read our other hydrogen materials here:

    Energy focus: UK’s energy mix – a role for hydrogen?
    Transport focus: hydrogen vehicles – the future?
    Freeths advises Centrica - breakthrough hydrogen production technology

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    ESG Reporting: What do UK businesses need to be aware of?

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    Second REMA consultation – moving closer to market reform

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    Spring Budget 2024 – key takeaways for the energy industry

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    Corporate sustainability due diligence directive – what’s next?

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    Government launches consultation on amending CfDs for AR7 and future rounds

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    Zero emission vehicle transition becomes law

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    Ofgem consults on changes to electricity supply licence conditions

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    Green Agreements: Collaborating with competitors on environmental sustainability

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    Beverage industry off-track to meet net-zero targets

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    Ban on single-use plastics

Upcoming events

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    End-of-Life BESS – Who’s in Charge?


Meet our team

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Philippa Dempster

Senior Partner & London Office Managing Partner

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Chris Freeston

Nottingham Office Managing Partner & National Head of Banking & Finance

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James Hartley

Partner & National Head of Dispute Resolution

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Jackie Heeds

Partner & Joint Lead of Major Projects

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Andrew Maxwell

Partner and Head of Competition

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Shraiya Thapa

Senior Associate, Knowledge Management Lawyer

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