Climate Change

Advice on the full spectrum of climate change issues, including climate change regulation, the carbon tax, green energy, carbon credits and green property.

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Climate change regulation poses one of the biggest legal challenges of our time and has the potential to alter the economic, legal and political landscape affecting Australian businesses. As debate on climate change and the legislation governing it continues at home and abroad, there is commercial sense in preparing for future developments.

New laws and trading schemes will not only impact companies that participate in activities that directly contribute to environmental degradation, but also have the potential to indirectly affect businesses of all types. Companies that understand how climate change regulation can impact on their operations will be better equipped to respond to future challenges.

With industry-leading expertise, HopgoodGanim is well placed to advise on the opportunities and challenges of climate change legislation, including the requirements of the Clean Energy Act (the carbon tax).

We have the expertise and experience to advise on participation in carbon capture and storage, and other carbon reduction and offset schemes. We assist our clients to invest in emissions reduction projects, generate and trade carbon credits, and develop low emissions infrastructure. We also help companies take advantage of state and federally funded schemes designed to maximise carbon-friendly electricity generation by wind and solar power.

Our team is well versed in the latest developments in this evolving area, allowing us to provide meaningful solutions that help our clients strategically manage relevant issues and effectively plan for the future.

Areas of Expertise

  • Greenhouse gas and climate change regulations and policies
  • Opportunities, challenges and compliance with the carbon tax and other legislation 
  • National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting 
  • Tax implications of carbon credits and sequestration 
  • Green building and construction, including the EnviroDevelopment and Green Star green development schemes 
  • Carbon-friendly electricity generation, including wind and solar power 
  • Environmental impact statements 
  • Green energy contracts 
  • Renewable energy projects
  • Advising Clarke Energy on its reporting obligations under the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act and the National Pollutant Inventory. Corporations who satisfy certain criteria are required to report their greenhouse gas emissions and other wastes and substances under these schemes. 
  • Advising a major player in the CSG industry on the due diligence for an acquisition, including reviewing their gas supply, management and transport contracts to determine the ability to pass on costs related to the carbon tax. 
  • Advising Norton Gold Fields on their compliance with the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act obligations. 
  • Advising a property developer on a Green Star Rating Certification Agreement, including providing advice on the terms of the agreement and the process involved with Green Star certification. 
  • Providing legal advice on sustainable property development and accreditation as a member of the EnviroDevelopment National Technical StandardsTaskforce. 
  • Advising a Queensland rural property owner on issues related to wind farm development leasing.