Contract clauses to fight climate change

The Chancery Lane Project (TCLP) is a collaborative effort by lawyers and other legal professionals around the world to enable climate conscious contracting. Almost 750 legal professionals from 212 organisations are currently participating, working pro bono to create practical legal solutions in the form of model laws and clauses to be used in legal agreements.

MinterEllisonRuddWatts is actively engaged in TCLP, joining the focused effort from lawyers around the world to develop contract clauses to help fight climate change. Our firm recognises that climate change has broader implications for business and is a central element of today’s commercial decision-making. We are proud to be the first New Zealand law firm involved in this far-reaching sustainability initiative.

Clauses and model laws range from a diverse range of practice areas, subject matters and agreement types including:

  • climate aligned boilerplate clauses that ensures climate change is considered throughout the lifecycle of a contract;
  • construction contract clauses to introduce environmental standards and energy efficiency obligations, propose ‘Green Modifications’ to projects and initiate a Carbon Budget to incentivise reduced emissions across the project lifecycle by selecting more sustainable materials and construction processes;
  • real estate and property clauses which encourage landlords and tenants to reuse materials or to use recycled or reclaimed materials when making alterations or repairs in line with the obligations in their lease;
  • executive incentive awards to meeting Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) targets for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and related activities encouraging companies and executives to focus on reducing the impact of their business on the environment; and
  • protocols to help transaction parties reduce GHG emissions associated with their transaction by reducing unnecessary business travel and other environmentally unfriendly practices.

MinterEllisonRuddWatts is focused on amending and integrating clauses to make them more applicable to the New Zealand context. If you would like to discuss the TCLP initiative or how these new clauses can be integrated into your contracts, please get in touch with our firm’s Sustainability Leader and Partner Rachel Devine or Construction Partner Scott Thompson.

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