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Environmental and Climate Change

In a world increasingly defined by environmental challenges and climate crises, Ally Law member firms provide comprehensive legal solutions.

Global Overview

While the highest-profile impacts of environmental and climate change may appear local, the forces driving these issues are global. In response, governments, business leaders and communities are re-envisioning their approaches to these challenges. This momentum is leading to a broad range of international agreements and domestic laws and regulations that require effective compliance strategies. At the same time, organizations of all sizes and across industries are discovering — and commercializing — new technologies and adaptive solutions to meet these demands head on.

At Ally Law, our member firms understand the urgency and complexity of these matters and are dedicated to delivering results that benefit our clients and the planet. For more information about Ally Law’s network-wide initiatives, please visit our Your Sustainable Ally page.

The Ally Law Advantage

Environmental and climate-change issues do not exist in a vacuum — rather, they require comprehensive, collaborative effort. Working with lawyers from across our member firms, we provide coordinated counsel on the full spectrum of environmental regulations and compliance. When local, national and cross-border disputes arise, we draw on the skills of experienced litigators to provide effective, solution-focused representation in court, before government agencies, and in arbitration and mediation.

Among other key benefits, we help clients:

  • Mitigate risks, reducing the likelihood of costly legal battles.
  • Gain strategic advantage, by positioning themselves as leaders in sustainability and attracting environmentally conscious investors and customers.
  • Reduce expenditures, by avoiding financial setbacks associated with environmental violations.
  • Capitalize on emerging opportunities in renewable energy, carbon markets, and sustainable business practices.

Our CLients

Ally Law member firms represent publicly traded and privately held corporations, government entities and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), public-private partnerships and consortia and individuals. A number of our clients operate in highly scrutinized industries subject to significant regulatory oversight, such as energy, manufacturing, mining, natural resources, transportation and distribution. Others are focused on research into and development and deployment of solutions to environmental and climate-change challenges. Many — if not most — are engaged in both.

Resources

Furthering Biodiversity

Hear from Green Sanctuaries founder, Alerion’s Christophe Gerschel, in a 2-minute video about the organization’s charge is to save tropical rainforests.

Carbon Footprint Reduction

Eric Krathwhol takes you through Rich May’s efforts to reduce energy and resource consumption, and support of related organizations.

Emission Reduction

Paola Sangiovanni from Gitti and Partners talks about their bicycle program in Milan.

News

With great media attention, constitutional climate lawsuits against states are increasingly manifesting themselves as an instrument to combat climate-damaging actions or omissions on the part of the respective governments.
In the past, banks have predominantly relied on financial metrics to guide their funding strategies.
In a world where environmental responsibility is considered paramount, businesses are increasingly scrutinised over their impact on nature.
On September 14, the United States Environmental Protection Agency released a pre-publication version of the Clean Water Act Section 401 Water Quality Certification Improvement Rule (the “2023 Rule”).
A key piece of the Victorian government’s Waste to Energy Scheme (Scheme) is now in place under the Circular Economy (Waste Reduction and Recycling) Act 2021 (Vic) (Circular Economy Act) which will give project proponents for thermal waste to energy projects greater confidence to manage existing projects and develop new ones.
As this blog has covered previously, Congress approved new investments in clean energy at an unprecedented scale in November 2021’s Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (“IIJA”) and August 2022’s Inflation Reduction Act (“IRA”).
It is clear that the market of developing RES projects (specifically wind and PV) is rapidly changing during what is nowadays known as the “second wave” of renewables.
The Building Safety Act 2022 (“BSA”) has created additional considerations for commercial property transactions going forward.

Services

We advise clients in jurisdictions worldwide and across the spectrum of environmental and climate change-related matters, including:

Regulatory compliance.

We help clients understand and comply with the myriad environmental laws and regulations they face daily. We meticulously analyze and interpret evolving legislation to ensure our clients remain in full compliance, helping them avoid costly penalties and enforcement actions.

Environmental risks can significantly affect a company’s operations and reputation. We conduct comprehensive risk assessments to identify potential liabilities, guiding our clients in implementing strategies to reduce these risks effectively.

In mergers, acquisitions, real estate transactions and other matters, we conduct a thorough evaluation of environmental and climate change risks, helping clients make informed decisions and protect investments before the deal closes.

We guide clients through complex — and often highly sensitive — permitting and licensing processes, streamlining approvals for construction, resource extraction, manufacturing and other projects.

We help clients develop robust sustainability, carbon-reduction, and environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategies, including compliance with emissions regulations and the identification and pursuit of opportunities in the growing green economy.

When disputes arise, skilled litigators from across our member firms vigorously defend our clients’ interests. We have a proven track record of successfully representing clients in environmental litigation, from toxic tort claims to complex regulatory challenges.

Rankings

The Chambers Brazil Guide ranks the top lawyers and law firms across Brazil. A member highlight from the latest guide includes:

Rafael Fernando Feldmann is ranked in Band 4 in the Environment – Brazil guide, He regularly advises on the environmental aspects of sophisticated corporate deals, as well as on complex disputes and climate change. Clients commented that he, “is always aware about the market trends and the government’s developments regarding the sector,” and “a professional with unparalleled technical knowledge and business acumen.”

In association with sister publications, IFLR, ITR, Managing IP, Benchmark Litigation and Euromoney Legal Media Group Expert Guides – the Women in Business Law Awards recognize innovation across the legal sector from today’s leading women lawyers.

Lipa Meri’s (Israel) Environmental Protection, Cleantech and Clean Energy Department head Dr. Tzipi Iser Itsiq was awarded Environmental Lawyer of the Year in Europe for 2023 at the prestigious Women in Business Law Awards.