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Does recent government guidance clarify the uncertainty around the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) Regulations?
Recent government guidance seeks to clarify some of the uncertainty regarding the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) Regulations. This paper considers the implications of the MEES Regulations and government guidance on those in the commercial property sector. It provides an overview of the MEES Regulations, including potential penalties, and considers potentially difficult situations which could impact those in this sector. It considers where government guidance addresses some of these difficult situations and where issues still remain. It includes a highlevel analysis of developments in the industry standard model commercial lease and the impact of the inclusion of certain contractual provisions to address the MEES Regulations.
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Jane Southworth joined Eversheds in 2002 and is a legal director in the EHS team specialising in noncontentious environmental and health and safety matters. Key areas of her work include assessing environmental risks in the context of mergers and acquisitions, and real estate transactions; advising on all aspects of producer responsibility in particular in the areas of WEEE, ROHS, packaging and REACH; and advising on sustainability issues such as the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme, ESOS and MEES and the legal aspects of the Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) Regulations and green leases.
Catherine Manning joined Eversheds in 2010 and is a senior associate in the EHS team specialising in non-contentious environmental and health and safety matters. She advises on all aspects of environmental law. Key areas of her work include advising on chemicals legislation, in particular obligations under REACH, CLP and the Biocidal Products Regime; assessing environmental risks in the context of mergers and acquisitions, and real estate transactions; and advising on the energy efficiency and eco-design of products and sustainability issues such as the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme and MEES.