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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

These and other topics are included in the 6th edition of our Mining Report, prepared by the Natural Resources team of PPO Abogados, led by partner Mattias Garrón.
In this webinar, members Rafael Fernando Feldmann (Brazil), Dr Tzipi Iser Itsiq (Israel), and Walter Bajons (Austria) discuss climate legal instruments and examples of related litigation.
SENASA Resolution No 431/2024 approved the new procedure for registering products in the National Registry of Fertilizers, Amendments, Conditioners, Substrates, Protectors, and Raw Materials, aimed at those engaged in their preparation, import, export, possession, fractionation, distribution, and sale.
The draft framework represents a significant shift towards sustainability and climate consciousness in India’s financial landscape and aims to establish a consistent disclosure framework for various financial entities.
On Friday, April 19, 2024, USEPA announced it will publish a final rule designating PFOS and PFOA as CERCLA hazardous substances (the “PFAS CERCLA Rule”).

USEPA Issues Final Rule on Facility Response Plans for Worst-Case Discharges

On March 28, 2024, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) published a final rule (the 2024 Rule) that expands the number of facilities required to develop a facility response plan for a worst-case discharge of certain hazardous substances or the threat of such a discharge.[1] Prior to this 2024 Rule, the Clean Water Act (CWA) regulations required an owner or operator of a facility to prepare and submit to USEPA a facility response plan for responding to a worst-case discharge of oil. This 2024 Rule, however, expands the scope of the regulation to also require facilities to prepare and submit a facility response plan for the discharge (or threat of discharge) of CWA-listed hazardous substances.
On March 26, 2024, USEPA published a plan to collect nationwide data on per- and polyfluoralkyl substances (PFAS) that will be used to support PFAS regulation.
On Wednesday, April 10, 2024, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) announced that it would publish a final PFAS National Primary Drinking Water Regulation (PFAS Drinking Water Rule) that will set legally enforceable limits for six PFAS in drinking water, including 4 parts per trillion (ppt) limits for PFOS and PFOA.

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.