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Collaborating for Clean Growth

Clare Foster, Partner and Head of Clean Energy at Shepherd and Wedderburn

Shepherd and Wedderburn is delighted to take part in the SCDI’s A New Sense of Purpose’ forum, an event which comes at a pivotal moment in the wake of COP26 in Glasgow and the recent ScotWind offshore leasing round, which herald significant investment in, and unprecedented opportunities for, Scotland’s clean energy sector.

The effects of climate change, combined with the socioeconomic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, mean we face challenges of a size and scale never encountered before. A green recovery is critical if we are to move forward in a sustainable way and build a fairer, more resilient future – and the time to act is now.

Shepherd and Wedderburn is fully committed to supporting a green recovery, having announced our ambition to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, and being the first professional services firm to sign the Edinburgh Climate Compact. In addition, our lawyers are also active members of industry bodies, including RenewableUK and Scottish Renewables.

Lawyers across our 90-plus-strong Clean Energy Group are busy helping clients deliver some of the highest profile, most innovative and complex projects in the UK. These range from supporting a significant number of offshore and onshore renewables developments to advising on some of the newer clean energy technologies coming to market. We appreciate that both increased clean energy generation and decarbonisation are required to meet the net zero targets set by UK and Scottish governments and we are working closely with clients and wider industry to identify where the greatest impacts can be achieved.

Our strategic focus as a business is to help achieve these environmental targets and this strategy is being adopted across the firm, via our interaction with clients and our role in rebuilding our economy and making our communities more resilient.

The green recovery is the anchor we hope will galvanise the whole country to lead the way, but this can only be achieved through effective collaboration between the public and private sectors, with the support of citizens across the UK. We recognise this urgent need for cooperation and will continue to support our clients and contacts in their transition to a sustainable future.