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For many years now, numerous legislative approaches for protecting the environment have been adopted that go substantially beyond the simple granting or revoking of permits. Permits themselves – the granting of them, their maintenance on the sale or restructuring of a company and the consequences of their revocation – nevertheless play a very significant role for our clients. Our expertise covers the entire spectrum of environmental legislation, including the German Federal Immission Control Act (Bundesimmissionsschutzgesetz) and legal requirements relating to water supply and wastewater removal.

We also advise on liability risks and renovation requirements relating to existing contamination in the soil, groundwater or buildings.

Today, chemicals law is predominantly governed at EU level, via the REACH, CLP and Biocidal Products Regulations, for instance. Having advised leading waste-disposal and recycling companies, among others, we have also gained expertise in recycling law, which is equally increasingly being centralised at EU level.

Ultimately, environmental law plays a key role in climate protection and the German government's efforts to transform the supply of the energy market (Energiewende). We are, for instance, currently closely involved in issues relating to the trading of emission certificates, mining and nuclear law, as well as legal questions relating to all aspects of the German Renewable Energy Sources Act (Erneuerbare-Energien-Gesetz).

 

 

 

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Ornate architectural columns

Publications: 15 December 2023

EU’s “Defence of Democracy” Package – new lobbying disclosure requirements to come?

On 12 December 2023, the European Commission adopted its “Defence of Democracy Package”, particularly in view of the upcoming elections for the European Parliament in 2024.

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Traffic and lights

Publications: 15 December 2023

Germany tightens Federal Lobbying Act

On 24 November 2023, the upper chamber of the German parliament – the Bundesrat – approved relatively extensive changes to the German Federal Lobbying Act (Lobbyregistergesetz, LobbyRG) that had been…

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Digital computing vaults

Publications: 29 September 2023

Update – Germany tightens energy efficiency requirements: New challenges for companies and data centers

On 21 September 2023, the German Parliament passed the heavily discussed German Federal Act on the Increase of Energy Efficiency (Energieeffizienzgesetz – EnEfG) that aims at significantly increasing…

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electric meter

Publications: 09 May 2023

Germany to tighten energy efficiency requirements for buildings, companies and data centres

In April 2023, the German government proposed new legislation that aims to significantly increase energy efficiency requirements for buildings, companies and data centres. The government’s proposals…

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