Ermenegilda specialises in climate, energy and emissions reductions regulatory policy at Global Counsel. She is admitted as a solicitor and barrister having commenced her career clerking in the Commonwealth Law Courts of Australia before taking a role in private practice. In Brussels she worked in trade associations, governments, and corporations on EU emissions regulations. 

Ermenegilda provides ad hoc pro bono legal support at the UNFCCC and UNEP to the Pacific Small Island Developing States. She was a negotiator in Paris for COP21 in 2015, an observer in Rwanda for the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol in 2016 and has continued to negotiate at UN meetings.

At GC, Ermenegilda advises a series of corporates and investors on their approaches to net zero, climate action and the energy transition. 

Recent examples of her work include:

  • Advising investment deal teams on green deal policy developments relating to asset purchases. 
  • Supporting in-house teams and C-suite executives on thought leadership within the energy transition.
  • Designing and deploying strategic engagement plans which reinforce policy objects for businesses globally. 

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Can the UK 'go its own way' on energy policy?

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Tom White, Director; Ermenegilda Boccabella, Energy and Climate Adviser and Lilah Howson-Smith, Senior Associate discuss the UK's emerging priorities on energy policy after leaving the EU.

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Is an EU-wide ban on petrol and diesel cars imminent?


A decision is imminent on whether the UK will bring forward its phase-out date for vehicles with internal combustion engines (ICE) from 2035 to 2030 – in itself already a radically different position than this time last year where the phase-out date was set at 2040. Pressure is mounting from all sides as without this decision, the UK stands no chance of meeting its net…

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Does the election actually matter for the US energy transition?

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There is no doubt that the US will be key to global decarbonisation and for the energy sector, the upcoming American elections in November will be a turning point. While it is clear that a returned President Trump would not actively seek to reduce emissions in a second term, net-zero expectations from other major states have nevertheless moved ahead without his version of…

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