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Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance

Energy Transition. The global shift from fossil fuels to low-carbon energy.

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The energy transition is shaping the global economy. The transition to a low carbon economy requires a massive and increased rate of investment from both the public and private sectors across many different technologies and sectors.

Growth is needed in renewable energy, energy efficiency and storage, the electrification of energy-intensive industries, transportation and heating, and the development of green fuels – both biofuels and e-fuels derived from clean hydrogen. Not all emissions can be avoided, and effective ways are needed to reduce and eventually eliminate the greenhouse gas emissions of oil and gas operations, such as carbon capture and storage at scale and direct air capture, to achieve net zero and limit climate change. Meeting the increasing demand for battery metals is integral to the energy transition. Digitisation, including the integration of digital technologies into infrastructure assets, will continue to play an important role in facilitating the energy transition and maximising efficiency and long-term sustainability.

We advise clients on the full breadth of energy transition-related matters, ranging from project development, construction and financing, to M&A and joint ventures, as well as providing detailed regulatory and tax advice. We are also well-positioned to advise and represent multinational clients in cross-border litigation, international arbitration, investigations and risk mitigation.

Across the globe, our lawyers are routinely involved in many first-of-a-kind and award-winning transactions as we support our clients in their energy transition journey, across onshore and offshore wind, floating offshore wind, solar, carbon capture, clean hydrogen, battery storage, EV charging, grids, interconnection, carbon trading, digital infrastructure and new nuclear.

How we help our clients
Carbon capture and storage (CCS)

Decarbonisation technology transforming the energy landscape.

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Carbon trading and investment

Functional carbon markets to drive investment decisions.

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Clean hydrogen

Decarbonising the economy with electrofuels.

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Digital infrastructure and infratech

Technology for energy and infrastructure.

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Energy infrastructure

Critical architecture underpinning energy transition.

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Green Fuels

The future for sustainable transport and industry.

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New nuclear

Harnessing existing and new nuclear technology.

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Renewable energy

Essential growth for energy transition.

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Our latest deals
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1,022MW offshore wind farm
Hai Long Offshore Wind Farm, Taiwan: advised ECAs and lenders on the financing of the construction and operation of the 1,022MW Hai Long offshore wind farm project in Taiwan. Asia Pacific Offshore Wind Deal of the Year 2023, PFI Awards.
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Nigeria SMR: advised a developer on an SMR project in Nigeria, including Government support arrangements, regulatory requirements, procurement, construction, equity arrangements and financing. This will be the first nuclear power project in Nigeria.
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ExxonMobil CCS, Louisiana: advised ExxonMobil Low Carbon Solutions on its carbon capture and storage agreement with Nucor Corporation, one of North America's largest steel producers. Under the agreement, XOM will capture, transport and store up to 800,000 metric tons per year of CO2 from Nucor's manufacturing site in Convent, Louisiana.
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Zenobe, UK: advised KKR on its c.US$750m investment in Zenobe a global market leader in electrification-as-a-service solutions for fleets, and battery storage solutions for grid network infrastructure. Global Investor Deal of the Year 2023, PFI Awards.
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Advanced Clean Energy Storage Project, US: advised the U.S. Department of Energy’s Loan Programs Office on a $504.4 million loan guarantee to the Advanced Clean Energy Storage Project, which will be the largest clean hydrogen storage facility in the world. Net-Zero Transition award, IFLR Americas 2023.
* Matter completed by Jonathan Castelan at a previous firm.
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€6.5 billion H2 green steel project
H2 green steel, Sweden: advised the second lien lenders on the financing of a multi-billion dollar green steel project in Sweden comprising the production of green hydrogen and rolled green steel produced using H2-enabled DRI iron. Europe Sustainability Deal of the Year, PFI Awards 2023.
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Thought leadership
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Energy Transition – Opportunities and challenges for Offshore Wind

With increasing global demand for offshore wind to power the clean energy transition, the opportunities and risks are multiplying.

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Low-carbon fuels: Decoding EU legislation for the transport sector

The EU has adopted new legislation on the use of renewable and low-carbon fuels in the transport sector.

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Energy Transition: What role can geothermal power play?

With the need to transition from fossil fuel power plants, countries around the world are looking for alternatives to stabilise electricity grids.

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Funding the energy transition: Mobilizing private finance for net zero

There is widespread acknowledgment of the scale of action required to address climate change by accelerating the development of low-carbon energy sources, while also decarbonizing industry and transportation.

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Digital transformation and the energy transition – The legal issues

The twin challenges of the energy transition and digital transformation are tightly linked, with each playing a crucial role in the success of the other

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The green industrial policy revolution: Developments in trade, energy transition, and geopolitics

Driven by the energy transition, national security concerns, and commitments to support domestic production, countries are increasingly taking measures to develop green economies and energy systems at home.

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