Green Guide – UK: Foot Anstey
Foot Anstey has a fast growing energy practice with particular strength in solar energy and energy storage, and has seen increasing work in connection with EV infrastructure and mobility where it acts for multiple rapid EV charging operators. The firm’s portfolio spans across the UK and beyond, with international mandates such as the construction of solar projects in Spain and Portugal for WELink and floating river-hydro plants in Myanmar.
Locally, the firm has been advising Pivot Power on its £1.6 billion battery infrastructure project and energy superhub projects in Oxford and the West Midlands, and assisting Plymouth City Council with the delivery of up to 50 multi-modal mobility hubs across Plymouth for business and the public, providing low-carbon mobility and a sustainable, future-proofed shared transportation system. Two current highlights in Cornwall are the firm’s advice to Celtic Sea Power on the Cornwall Floating Offshore Wind Accelerator project, and Eden Geothermal Limited on its first deep geothermal project. Other key clients include British Solar Renewables, Regener8, Zenobe Energy and GRIDSERVE.
The energy and infrastructure practice is led by key contact Ian Stubbs in Bristol. Of further note is the space and satellite team which provides advice to space businesses and organisations at the forefront of innovative efforts to support the green agenda.
As part of its investment in ESG, the firm created the technology platform ESG Edge which helps clients assess their performance against various ESG criteria. Its dedication to climate action can also be seen in its close relationship with the Chancery Lane Project; its most recent involvement was the creation of the project’s new climate clause, Madhavi. In the years 2018 to 2020, the firm chaired the Energy Storage Network’s Markets and Revenues Group and was invited to sit on the steering group of the Government’s Energy Data Task Force.
Having obtained a silver sustainability rating from EcoVadis, the firm has implemented numerous best practices and internal policies, including the consideration of ESG factors when taking on new clients or working with existing clients.