Clean, green marketing strategies: Navigating tougher restrictions on environmental claims in advertising

As the world faces increasing environmental challenges and the agreements reached during COP 28 place ever greater emphasis on the importance of a collective approach in tackling climate change, businesses are facing more pressure than ever to play their part in reaching ‘net zero’. Adding to this pressure, consumers are becoming increasingly discerning when choosing sustainable brands … Read more

Court of Appeal considers environmental challenge to nationally significant infrastructure project

In R (on the application of Boswell) v Secretary of State for Transport [2024] EWCA Civ 145 the Court of Appeal considered the extent to which the cumulative carbon emissions of a nationally significant infrastructure project should be assessed. Key Points A wider assessment of cumulative carbon emissions for nationally significant infrastructure projects will not always be appropriate … Read more

CMA issues open letter to fashion retailers regarding greenwashing and accepts formal undertakings from ASOS, Boohoo and Asda

On 27 March 2024 the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) published an “open letter” to all businesses in the fashion retail sector highlighting the need to consider obligations under consumer protection law when making environmental claims. The letter draws attention to the CMA’s “Green Claims Code” guidance (published in September 2021, see our previous … Read more

Monthly ESG Newsletter: UK (March 2024)

Welcome to our monthly ESG Newsletter. There’s a lot happening in the environmental, social and governance (ESG) space, and we don’t want you to get lost in the quagmire. In our newsletter, we share our latest ESG insights and identify must-know developments from the UK, EMEA and around the world. Read on for our March … Read more

ESG rating regulation in Europe: Key takeaways for asset managers

On 6 February 2024, the European Council (Council) published its final compromise text, as agreed with the European Parliament (Parliament), in relation to a regulation on ESG rating activities (the Regulation). The Parliament’s Economic Affairs Committee (ECON) approved this text on 22 February 2024. This text remains subject to approval by the Council before going … Read more

Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence to become mandatory across the EU

If the European Parliament grants approval, member states will have up to two years to transpose the directive into national law On 15 March 2024, the European Union Council voted to adopt the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CS3D). The scope of the approved CS3D has been significantly watered down from the provisional agreement reached … Read more

Recast of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive adopted – (A bit) More Harmonization on the way to climate neutrality

In mid-March, the European Parliament adopted the recast of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive aiming to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, to foster renewable energy on-site and sustainable mobility and to create harmonized standards to measure energy consumption and support renovations. The Directive is core part of the European Green Deal, contributing to the European Union's climate neutrality by 2050. In a short Q&A enhanced by graphics we explain the main elements of the Directive. Read more