Innovation, IP and the energy transition – Creative tensions

Reconciling the need for breakthroughs to back the energy transition with the commercial drivers required to achieve them will demand thoughtful use of IP The scale of the change needed to tackle climate change is enormous and it is clear the global transformation to a low carbon economy will be underpinned by technological innovation. Incredibly, … Read more

Sharm El-Sheikh COP 27 – final round-up

Final days Negotiations at COP 27 spilled over into the weekend and finished more than 36 hours later than expected. Whilst agreement was met on many key issues, there were multiple points that remained contentious. These include: A resolution that peak emissions should occur in 2025 (and that after that date, world emissions should start … Read more

The Third Wheel Podcast Series: ESG in Australia Episode 18

By Timothy Stutt and Kathryn Pacey Episode 18 – The need for speed (and pragmatic pathways) with Dr Chris Greig, Princeton University Tim Stutt and Kathryn Pacey are joined by Dr Chris Greig, Princeton University to discuss the energy transition, industry decarbonisation, technology and investment. Dr Greig shares the origin story and highlights of Net-Zero America, … Read more

TNFD publishes beta version of Nature-related Risk & Opportunity Management and Disclosure Framework

The Taskforce on Nature-Related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) has published the first draft of its Nature-related Risk & Opportunity Management and Disclosure Framework (TNFD Framework); which, together with subsequent drafts, will be open to feedback from market participants for the next 18 months. The TNFD is aiming to publish a usable framework and set of recommendations … Read more

SEC Proposes New Rules Requiring Climate-Related Disclosures

On Monday, March 21, 2022, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued highly anticipated proposed rules that would require the disclosure of climate-related information by domestic and foreign public companies in their registration statements and periodic SEC filings.  At present, members of the public have 60 days to submit comments to the SEC on … Read more


On 2 February 2022 the European Commission approved in principle a Complementary Climate Delegated Act (the “Complementary Delegated Act“) which includes criteria for nuclear and gas energy activities under the EU taxonomy. The Complementary Delegated Act will amend Delegated Regulation (EU) 2021/2139, which supplements the EU Taxonomy Regulation 2020/852, and provides a set of criteria … Read more

The Third Wheel podcast series: ESG in Australia Episode 7

By Timothy Stutt and Melanie Debenham Episode 7 – It’s not about the money, money, money with Lewis McDonald, Global Head of Energy for Herbert Smith Freehills In this episode, Tim and Mel are joined by expert third wheel guest, Lewis McDonald, Global Head of Energy for Herbert Smith Freehills. Fresh from presenting at the … Read more