Devising a Legal Blueprint for Corporate Energy Transition

Jacqueline Peel, Hari Osofsky and Brett McDonnell
ARC Discovery Project

This project aims to provide a legal blueprint for using corporate law mechanisms to incentivise improved climate risk management and clean energy practices in Australian companies. Corporations are key players in efforts to transition the global energy system to clean energy sources and to mitigate climate risk. While this role is widely acknowledged, thinking on the best legal strategies that could foster corporate energy transition is in its infancy. Drawing on empirical data and more extensive United States experience with the use of corporate law tools for climate ends, the project plans to uncover roadblocks to corporate energy transformation, and identify law and governance reforms necessary for putting the private sector on a low-carbon pathway.