Hydrogen and Africa

    As part of the energy transition, clean hydrogen has emerged as a critical tool in decarbonising our economies. In this article, we discuss the hype around hydrogen, provide a quick recap of hydrogen technology and explore reasons why the African continent is well placed to leverage the opportunities that the push for clean hydrogen will … Read more

    German constitutional court declares German Climate Protection Act unconstitutional

    On 29 April 2021, the German Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht, “BVerfG“) published its decision on the constitutional challenge of the German Climate Protection Act (Klimaschutzgesetz “KSG“) of 24 March 2021, finding the KSG to be partially unconstitutional. In this post, we will briefly describe the decision and analyse the potential impact of this decision on future … Read more

    Scottish independence: implications for the North Sea oil and gas sector

    Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to LinkedIn Email Print PDF Download The North Sea oil and gas industry has played a key role in Scotland’s economy since the 1970s. While annual oil production peaked in 1999 and North Sea tax revenues have fallen considerably in the last five years, Scotland’s oil and gas industry, including related services, is … Read more

    Scottish independence: implications for Great Britain’s single energy market, renewables and net zero

    Facebook Share to Twitter Share to LinkedIn Email Print PDF Download The prospect of a second independence referendum, like the first in 2014 (see our Routes and obstacles to a second Scottish independence referendum briefing), raises a number of issues for Great Britain’s single integrated energy markets for electricity and gas. This briefing takes an initial look at some of those issues. … Read more

    Future of free allocations under the UK ETS

    The UK Emissions Trading Scheme (UK ETS) was launched on 1 January 2021 to replace the UK’s participation in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS). As explained in our previous blog post (here), both schemes work on the basis of a reducing cap with freely tradable allowances, and they currently cover the same industries. … Read more

    Australian Government splashes the cash in positive step towards cutting emissions

    The Australian Government has committed over AUS$1.1 billion for hydrogen, CCS/CCUS and international technology partnerships. The funding comes from the 2021-2022 Federal budget and broadly consists of: AUS$275.5m for the development of four hydrogen hubs AUS$263.7m for the development of CCS/CCUS projects AUS$565.8m for international technology partnerships This week’s Federal Government’s commitment sees some AUS$1.1 … Read more

    Herbert Smith Freehills to participate in London International Disputes Week

    London International Disputes Week 2021 (LIDW21) comes at a significant period for the UK legal sector, in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, post-Brexit and amid an uncertain global political environment. With its theme: “Looking forward: change, challenge and opportunity”, LIDW21 will provide crucial insights on the business and law of international dispute resolution. The programme draws … Read more