Environment, Climate & Energy

In our "Environment, Climate & Energy" competence team, we combine legal know-how with profound and practice-oriented industry knowledge for the successful structuring and realization of sustainability projects. In the current ranking of WirtschaftsWoche, we are listed as a "TOP Law Firm Environmental and Construction Planning Law 2020"; with KUNZ Partner Dr. Ditandy, KUNZ also the award of an individual as a "TOP Lawyer Environmental and Construction Planning Law 2020".

Major projects in the field of energy transition, infrastructure, industrial and commercial settlements or residential construction are regularly associated with questions of state aid law, environmental law and energy law. Planning and approval procedures are often complex and require compliance with European and national regulations, as well as state and municipal provisions. It is often necessary to cooperate with planning offices, experts and external consultants.

In our competence team we advise and accompany you in complex projects with highly specialized lawyers and experienced practitioners of many years from the environmental administration as well as the municipal sector. Our team of legal advisors is supported by the renowned energy expert Prof. Dr. Karl Keilen. As head of the energy and climate protection department of a state environmental ministry for many years, Prof. Keilen was regularly entrusted with fundamental issues of energy policy as well as energy legislation (including energy industry law, renewable energy law, etc.). In cooperation with associations, municipalities and companies (especially in the energy industry), he has supervised numerous energy and climate protection projects in Rhineland-Palatinate. The current focus of his work is in particular the analysis of energy and climate protection legislation, consulting on the decarbonization of companies, on the development of emission-free mobility and on projects for the expansion of renewable energies.

In addition to "classic" energy supply companies, in particular in the form of municipal utilities, our clients include energy trading companies and energy producers as well as municipalities, private investors and companies that are active in the energy industry or intend to become involved in the sector.

In the field of environmental law, our "State and Administration" competence team provides comprehensive advice on all environmental aspects of building and planning law, immission control issues, and waste disposal law.

In the area of recycling management, we accompany legislative procedures (laws, ordinances, statutes, administrative regulations) and advise on the control of waste flows or the securing and development of landfills. Our attorney Prof. Dr. Gottfried Jung is your contact person for all questions concerning waste management law. Prof. Jung has been a member of the editorial advisory board of the leading legal review in Germany for waste menagement law "AbfallR - Zeitschrift für das Recht der Abfallwirtschaft" for many years and has many years of professional experience in leading positions in the environmental administration of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate and in the municipal sector.

The transaction experts of our competence group "M&A and Restructuring" render assistance on the acquisition as well as the sale of assets in the energy sector. We structure the acquisition or divestment process, conduct due diligence reviews and draft, review and negotiate the company purchase agreements (share or asset deal) for you.

Increasingly, questions also arise in connection with electricity tax refunds under the German Electricity Tax Act (StromStG), which are resolved for you by our "Taxes and Duties" competence team.

Knowledge of the applicable public procurement law and of administrative procedures in state and local government is also indispensable. Our "Procurement and Tendering" competence team will be happy to advise you on these matters.

Our "Environment, Climate and Energy" team is particularly active for you in the following areas:

  • Project planning, development and implementation
  • Building and planning law
  • Environmental and planning law
  • Immission control law
  • Energy law
  • Renewable energies


The "Shell ruling" - need for action also for SMEs

Awareness of the dangers of climate change is increasing constantly. This new public sentiment entails responsibility of business enterprises. Courts will no longer reject claims on the basis that an individual polluting enterprise had not caused climate-related damages.  In the following, Kunz partner Hermann Knott discusses two spectacular recent court decisions.

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KUNZ provide legal support for the Inno-ATrak research project

KUNZ provides legal advice to the nationwide InnoATrak research project on climate protection, which deals with the use or valorization of previously unused waste heat from the recooling of transformers in power distribution networks.

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WirtschaftsWoche: KUNZ is the "TOP Law Firm for Environmental and Construction Planning Law 2020"

WirtschaftsWoche awarded KUNZ as one of the most renowned law firms nationwide in the field of environmental and construction planning law; at the same time Dr. Ditandy received the award "TOP Lawyer for Environmental and Construction Planning Law".

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Dr. Andreas Ziegler

Attorney-at-Law (Germany)

Dr. jur. Ira Ditandy

Attorney-at-Law (Germany)
Specialist lawyer for administrative law
Specialist lawyer for insurance law

Dr. jur. Christian Müller

Salary Partner
Attorney-at-Law (Germany)
Specialist lawyer for administrative law
Specialist lawyer for building and architectural law

Prof. Dr. Gottfried Jung

Attorney-at-Law (Germany)
Assistant Secretary in the State Environmental Ministry
Rhineland Palatia (retired)
Honorary professor at the University of Applied Sciences

Prof. Dr. Karl Keilen

Research Assistant Energy expert Assistant Secretary in the State Environmental Ministry Rhineland Palatina (retired) Mayor (ret.)

Werner Theis

Attorney-at-Law (Germany)
Lecturer at the University Koblenz-Landau
Assistant Secretary in the State Environmental Ministry
Rhineland Palatia (retired)
Mayor (ret.)

Gundolf Schrenk

Attorney-at-Law (Germany)
Senior Ministerial Councilor (retired)

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