Changes in climate and weather patterns are rapidly impacting the way the world conducts business. Whether you are a conscientious corporate citizen concerned about your carbon footprint, an energy supplier negotiating power purchases, or need legal advice on international emissions trading schemes, it is essential you understand how the law affects your organization. BLG’s Climate Change Group can provide you with the information you need to fully understand evolving international public policies and environmental regulations, such as the Western Climate Initiative, the European Union Greenhouse Gas Emission Trading System or provincial emissions requirements or opportunities.

Our Climate Change Group has proven expertise in climate change, environmental and energy law as it applies to:

  • Negotiating and drafting energy contracts, including renewable energy agreements for the purchase and sale of emission reduction credits and verified emissions reductions.
  • Structuring and managing comprehensive environmental due diligence programs as part of environmental assessments.
  • Environmental and land-use planning, permitting and regulatory compliance.

Our multi-disciplinary team is at your side;  lawyers in the Climate Change Group work closely with our lawyers in other specialized areas to handle complex regulatory matters, such as advising large emitters on continuous disclosure related to National Instrument 51-102, or assisting clients in identifying matters requiring risk management and working to mitigate that risk. Dispute resolution assistance for climate change-related issues is also available.

Publications & Presentations



  • “Market Valuation: The Relationship Between Climate and Real Estate Valuation,” OEA Annual Fall Conference, October 24, 2008.
  • “Market Valuation: The Relationship Between Climate Change and Real Estate Valuation,” Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, June 6, 2008.