Climate change – and the measures required to address it – raise fundamental business, legal and risk management issues. Working in this evolving arena calls for a keen understanding of the complex interaction between energy and environmental regulation, tax and intellectual property, and a firm grasp of trends in the venture capital, private equity, and capital markets.
ZAG-S&W brings together practitioners with expertise in each of these fields, thus enabling the firm to provide a comprehensive and solution-oriented representation that facilitates opportunities for clients to participate in climate-related programs, businesses, and markets.
Our lawyers have helped clients in matters such as the potential effect of future climate-change legislation, approval of the first carbon-offset credits under California’s AB-32 program, and assistance with energy-technology projects, including the development and transfer of new clean-energy generation facilities.
We routinely help contractors and manufacturers to fulfill Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building standards. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement.
Furthermore, our commitment to city-wide and nation-wide sustainability is showcased by a number of instructions, such as the establishment of the “Energy Smart New Orleans” efficiency program, working closely with the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, to advise the City of New Orleans. We have also provided counsel regarding a program to significantly reduce energy and water use and carbon emissions in Cambridge, Massachusetts.