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ClientEarth appoints ‘Head of Climate’ to drive net zero emissions shift

ClientEarth has appointed lawyer Alice Garton to lead its Climate programme. Alice is a senior corporate lawyer and has been at ClientEarth for three years leading the organisation’s award-winning Company & Financial Project.

The Paris Agreement made clear that fighting climate change is only possible if both the public and private sectors act. That means governments need to plan and in many cases legislate to cut carbon, and companies and other financial actors must put climate change and the energy transition at the heart of their decisions.

Alice said: “The foundation for a prosperous future for all is a living earth and stable climate. To achieve this, we need to see urgent action in government policies and corporate decisions across the world. We need to bend the global curve of emissions by 2020 and reach net zero emissions by 2050. This is what we will strive to achieve with our Climate Programme.”

ClientEarth’s newly created Climate programme uses the law to drive this crucial shift. A dedicated team of lawyers with expertise across environmental, public, finance and company law in multiple jurisdictions, it engages with governments and the financial sector to make sure climate policies and investment strategies line up with the landmark Paris Agreement.

The project is split into two focus areas:

  • The Climate Accountability workstream works to drive governments and companies to mitigate and adapt to climate change. We aim to drive authorities to embed national and regional climate laws and policies. We want companies’ capital allocation decisions to be consistent with a net zero emission future. Directors must be held accountable for decisions that have serious consequences for runaway climate change.
  • The Climate Finance team aims to ensure financial flows are consistent with keeping global temperature rise down. Expert lawyers are using the untapped power of existing company and financial laws to drive companies, investors, insurers, banks and advisors in the financial sector towards long-term, sustainable and low-carbon investments.

Legal advocacy, advice and litigation all have an important and as of yet underexploited role to play in the fight against climate change. ClientEarth is at the forefront of using the power of the law to fight climate change and drive the clean energy transition.

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