Energy policy and the response to climate change have rapidly taken center stage at both EU and Member State levels. The EU is liberalizing energy markets, promoting renewable energy and, in parallel, implementing a comprehensive strategy to ensure security of supply. To address climate change, the EU introduced an emissions trading system in 2005. Europe has pursued ambitious goals in the international post-Kyoto negotiations on the reduction of carbon emissions that are currently taking place under United Nations auspices, with the response to global warming high up on the political agenda in most EU member countries.
We advise and represent clients on all legal aspects of energy regulation and climate change.We represent leading operators in the oil, gas, electricity and alternative energy industries on a broad variety of energy and climate-change related regulatory issues before the European Commission, the European Courts and the regulatory authorities and courts of EU Member States, in particular in Germany. We deal with the full range of regulatory issues and enforcement proceedings regarding energy supply, gas exploration and production, power generation, renewable energy regulation and gas pipeline and electricity network operation, including unbundling, network access and tariff regulation. We advise clients on emissions trading regulation and represent them in disputes under the trading rules. We also counsel clean tech businesses and investors on carbon reduction rules, intellectual property and technology transfer.
Our lawyers advise on the full range of legislative and policy issues raised by the EU’s initiatives on energy regulation and climate change. In this regard, in addition to drawing on our experience in EU and national legal proceedings, we benefit from the firm’s established strengths in EU policy and legislative advocacy and in the International Trade, Investment and Market Access Practice. We counsel companies, business coalitions and governments on all policy aspects of the EU’s energy and climate change initiatives; advise clients on relevant legislative and negotiating processes and on the likely business impact of new EU and Member State regulatory developments; and help them engage with officials at all levels of government, civil society and in the private sector.
Our European Energy and Climate Change lawyers can draw on the skills and knowledge acquired in related areas such as EU competition, environment and waste, German antitrust and intellectual property, where they have gained significant experience on energy and climate change issues. We also work closely with our US colleagues in the Energy, Environment and Natural Resources practice. This base of experience serves us well in providing clients the policy, legislative, regulatory and enforcement support needed to navigate the European energy and climate change landscape.