With 600 lawyers in four offices in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney, Norton Rose Fulbright is one of the largest Australian law firms operating on an international level. Within their Sustainability and Climate Change team, Norton Rose Fulbright are at the forefront of regulatory and market developments, providing advisory services on business risk and opportunities in relation to emissions regulation, clean energy, climate finance, sustainable finance or resource scarcity. They bring a global perspective to the international patchwork of policy and regulation that is emerging and can provide integrated advice throughout Europe, the US, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia.
Main areas of work include:
• Emissions market transactions including secondary markets and structured portfolio projects;
• Voluntary, forests and land-use projects, social impact lending and sustainability projects;
• Energy efficiency, clean technology including carbon capture and storage (CCS);
• Clean energy – biomass, hydro, nuclear, solar and wind;
• Climate and sustainable financing products and markets;
• Strategic climate and sustainability risk advice in the context of fiduciary duties and reporting;
• Equator principles, transparency, indigenous rights and systemic risks
• Technical, regulatory policy and market design advice
• Sustainable funds, ethical asset management, capital markets and corporate investments
Norton Rose Fulbright was heavily involved in the development of the Coalition Government’s Direct Action Plan (and the ERF and Safeguard Mechanism) and continues to advise business and industry on the implications and opportunities of the changing regulatory environment. They are the leading legal advisor to project proponents participating in the Emissions Reduction Fund.