Mónica Carneiro Pacheco is a Partner and Head of the Energy & Climate Change department, as well as a member of the Board of CMS Portugal. With 25 years of experience, she is a leading figure in the market in the energy and natural resources sector in Portugal. Mónica has a long-standing and deep regulatory expertise in Energy, Renewables, Infrastructure Projects, Electricity, Natural Gas, PPP and frequently acts in the most prominent deals in the energy industry, including high-value projects in emerging markets and headline-grabbing developments.
Mónica Carneiro Pacheco has been recently nominated by Best Lawyers as Lawyer of the year - Natural Resources for her work on different projects with several clients. She was also recognised as one of the 60 most inspiring women lawyers in Iberia and is always referred in Women in Business Law and in Expert Guides 2020. In 2021, the Energy team at CMS Portugal was nominated Energy Team of the Year by Iberian Lawyer. Mónica is also recognised as leading lawyer in the energy sector by Chambers and Partners, Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal.
The EU recently published its ‘Fit for 55’ climate plan, updating its Renewable Energy Directive to increase the overall binding target from 32% to 40% renewables in the bloc’s energy mix by 2030. More recently, the lens has been focused on energy security as well as decarbonisation. To get to where we need to be by 2030 will require a huge effort from both public and private sector and the industry will have to overcome some barriers to see deployment scale up to where it needs to be: