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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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hydrogen strategy

Publications: 19 JANUARY 2021

Hydrogen Strategy – German Parliament passes law on material exemption from electricity surcharges

On 10 June of 2020, the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy released its National Hydrogen Strategy (Nationale Wasserstoffstrategie)  (German Hydrogen Strategy) as a part of the Covid-19…

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retail

Publications: 21 DECEMBER 2020

Covid-19 Update: Act to further shorten the residual debt discharge procedure

Effects on the Commercial Lease Law

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retail property

Publications: 18 DECEMBER 2020

Covid-19 Update: New Lockdown - Effects of the Federal-State Resolution of 13 December 2020 on the Commercial Rental Law

On 13 December 2020, the Federal Chancellor and the Prime Ministers of the Federal States again decided, in view of the current development of the Covid-19 pandemic, to impose far-reaching measures…

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Publications: 19 JUNE 2020

Foreign Direct Investment Screening in Germany – most recent developments

What foreign investors need to consider Germany is one of the few countries in the world where the doors are wide open to foreign investment. With an export-oriented national economy, Germany thrives…

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