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Energy spotlight: Wind

Energy spotlight: Wind

By , , and | 17 Sep 2019

The success of wind energy in the UK has led to rapid capacity growth, but also the withdrawal of government subsidies. Hugo Lidbetter considers how the winding down of state support has left the wind sector to consider new financing models and ways of attracting future investment.

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Energy spotlight: Gas

Energy spotlight: Gas

By , , and | 10 Sep 2019

As a fossil fuel, gas is less demonised than oil, however the UK has long-term ambitions to replace this form of power with lower-emission alternatives. Hugo Lidbetter examines the role of gas in the UK energy mix and considers some of the cleaner options available.

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Energy spotlight: Solar

Energy spotlight: Solar

By , , and | 05 Sep 2019

The sun has shone brightly on the development of solar energy in the UK, but as the industry matures, Hugo Lidbetter considers whether the sector has been a victim of its own success, and how it can continue to thrive.

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The tangled mesh of Net Zero

The tangled mesh of Net Zero

By | 19 Jul 2019

The recent publication of policies and research in support of the UK government's aim to deliver zero emissions by 2050 reveal worrying gaps in the technology, infrastructure and attitudes needed to achieve this goal.

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Dig for legitimacy: The case for good ESG in mining

Dig for legitimacy: The case for good ESG in mining

By | 11 Jul 2019

Increasing scrutiny by stakeholders has driven major improvements in the mining industry's approach to environmental and social governance, but having good ESG largely remains a choice for most, for now. Jonathan Brooks, Head of Mining at Fieldfisher, considers how investor and activist pressure is shifting respect for sustainability and ethics from option to obligation.

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Build to Rent: Accessing the trend

Build to Rent: Accessing the trend

By , and | 24 Jun 2019

Surging growth in new-build schemes in the UK's private rental sector has seen investors flocking to participate in a buoyant new class of real estate assets. But changing landlord and tenant regulations, new tax rules and stricter construction specifications are increasingly determining the approach participants in this market need to adopt.

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We need to talk about interconnectors

We need to talk about interconnectors

By , and | 17 May 2019

With post-Brexit energy trading arrangements still unresolved and Europe’s connectivity lagging expectations, Fieldfisher energy experts David Haverbeke, Lis Blunsdon and Yohanna Weber, discuss why more attention needs to be focused on critical power infrastructure.

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Mining companies need to start thinking seriously about ESG

Mining companies need to start thinking seriously about ESG

By , , , and | 14 May 2019

The introduction of new, tougher standards together with recent case law, point to a harsher, less forgiving approach to enforcement and larger fines for regulatory non-compliance and failings in relation to environmental and social governance.

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Planning for an electric vehicle future

Planning for an electric vehicle future

By | 28 Aug 2018

The UK government has set out laudable aims for de-carbonising the country's transport network, based on establishing sophisticated EV charging infrastructure. But as Yohanna Weber, planning and environment partner at law firm Fieldfisher explains, the lack of cohesion between different stakeholders threatens to severely hinder these plans.

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