One thing is clear. The topic of Climate Change is on people's minds. Government agencies speak of the need to preserve, protect, and prevent further impacts on the environment. The business community speaks of uncertainty created by the absence of a comprehensive framework and by fragmented climate change initiatives from state and local jurisdictions. Shareholders and other stakeholders speak of higher standards for corporate social responsibility and environmental performance.
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Climate Change is on our minds, too. Navigating in a world of cap and trade, carbon emissions offsets, forestry or geologic sequestration, allowance valuation and allocation, energy efficiency standards, and renewable energy technology solutions requires experienced legal representation. Increased public awareness about Climate Change creates opportunities for creative solutions. The attorneys of Stoel Rives can help.
At Stoel Rives, our attorneys approach the topic of Climate Change with existing expertise derived from our strong multi-disciplinary practices. This multi-disciplinary approach acknowledges that Climate Change issues are integrated within traditional areas of law practice. For example, carbon credit valuation raises many of the asset valuation questions in any commercial transaction. Design and construction of a LEED and Green Globe certified building prompt the same contract issues as other construction projects. And new technologies targeting low or no carbon emissions deserve the same intellectual property protection as other technologies.
Over a decade ago Stoel Rives committed to serving the renewable energy industry. As a result, our law firm is an acknowledged leader in renewable energy development and our attorneys provide expert legal services to bring renewable energy projects on-line. We are also counselors to traditional energy suppliers and offer strategic solutions to carbon mitigation and reduction. We are regulatory experts and deeply involved in various state and local efforts to address Climate Change through legislation and rulemaking. We are litigators at the forefront of Climate Change litigation including nuisance, ESA, NEPA, and CAA claims. And we are corporate lawyers and advise on equity and debt financing, acquisitions, and prepare responses to the increasing disclosure requirements in SEC filings for publicly held companies. At Stoel Rives, our Climate Change practice isn't new. It's what we do.
Multi-disciplinary services involving Climate Change include the following:
Clean Air Act
Construction & Design
Energy Project Development
Geologic Carbon Sequestration
Natural Gas, Oil, and Mining
Natural Resource Management
NEPA, SEPA, CEQA
Renewable Energy Projects