Since the emergence of climate change as a legal issue in Australia more than two decades ago, Minter Ellison’s climate change team has been at the forefront of advising clients on matters relating to climate change and clean energy.
Our experienced team includes 14 partners located across Australia and New Zealand. We are passionate about climate change and clean energy and focus on providing innovative legal advice to clients so they can comply with and capitalise on statutory climate change policies and schemes as well as clean and renewable energy opportunities.
We advise clients in a wide range of industries and sectors on the design and likely operation of the carbon pricing mechanism based on the Australian Prime Minister’s announcement on 11 July 2011.
Minter Ellison’s climate change team adopts a multi-practice approach covering all relevant areas of law including, environment and planning, tax, energy and resources, banking and finance, infrastructure, construction and intellectual property.
This approach has given us the opportunity to advise on the design and implementation of emissions trading schemes in the UK and NZ, and involvement in numerous projects relating to mandatory and voluntary emissions trading, forestry and avoided deforestation, and securing greenhouse gas abatements and offsets.
In the clean energy/renewables space, our lawyers have taken a leading role on several high profile Australian renewable projects including wind, hydro, solar, bio gas and waste mine gas. We have advised on the development, financing and management of these projects.
We have been at the forefront of the legal issues involved with the geosequestration (carbon capture and storage – CCS) of carbon dioxide emissions since 2004. Our team advises government entities on the establishment of regulatory regimes for CCS and we have provided significant advice to private sector clients on related legal issues for CCS projects.
We have also worked with clients on their green building developments and construction projects, including ratings systems.
Minter Ellison was appointed to the Commonwealth Government’s Department of Climate Change legal panel advising on the development and implementation of the previously proposed carbon pollution reduction scheme. In addition, the joint leader of our climate change practice, Duncan McGregor, is Chair of the Commonwealth Government’s Domestic Offsets Integrity Committee, which makes recommendations to the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency in relation to draft project methodologies under the proposed Carbon Farming Initiative.