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Schoenherr's experts provide legal advice in all environmental law matters, such as climate change, and in planning and permitting projects.

"This large international firm has an excellent reputation for its environmental practice. The team offers a full service in environmental and energy regulatory matters."
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Schoenherr is highly specialised in the field of environmental law, including climate change, planning and permitting, and is acclaimed for advisory in respect of infrastructure projects (motorways, railways, airports), renewable energy projects (hydropower, wind parks, PV, power2x, etc.) and the permitting of large industrial and commercial infrastructure. 

The team also provides advice on special industries, including pulp, paper, automotive, steel, mining, waste, wastewater, food, glass, energy, utilities, entertainment and research. The team is most prominent in EIA proceedings and nature conservation as well as planning and permitting issues, but is also highly specialised in climate change and emissions trading issues, clean-up proceedings, water rights and waste management law, forestry law, chemical and product law, public environmental liability, environmental criminal law, compliance and comprehensive due diligence.


our services

  • planning
  • construction
  • all kinds of permitting procedures (plants as well as products)
  • environmental impact assessments
  • clean-ups
  • Administrative and the Constitutional Court procedures
  • environmental liability advice
  • strategic advice
  • legal opinions
  • due diligence
  • compliance
  • preparing and assessing draft legislative bills
  • entertainment: We are experts in obtaining permits for all kinds of entertainment and sports events.
  • ski resorts: We regularly advise operators of ski resorts and ski lifts on environmental issues.
  • waste management: We specialise in regulations of waste, waste management, and the recovery of energy from waste products. We also act for public bodies and assist them in laws pertaining to waste collection, recycling and disposal.
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international conference

Schoenherr CEE Compass: Going green

Annual International Conference | Schoenherr CEE Compass | Warsaw, 16 May 2024


Serbia: Diving into the CBAM Regulation: how does it function alongside the EU ETS?

As noted in our previous article on this topic, the CBAM is a new carbon tariff instrument introduced as part of the EU's Fit for 55 package, a strategy to reduce the EU's greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55 % by 2030. The CBAM applies to imports into the EU of certain products and is based on the emissions generated in their production outside of the EU. Currently, in the transitional phase of the CBAM, importers only have the obligation to report on the amount of emissions embedded in the products they import, but from 2026 onwards they will also be obliged to buy and surrender CBAM certificates to cover for these emissions. Therefore, under the CBAM, non-EU producers will not only have to assist their EU partners in the reporting process, but also potentially face significant impacts on their businesses as a result of the new financial burdens importers will encounter.


Austria: E-Mobilität und die Novelle der Kraftstoffverordnung: Neue Geschäftsmodelle

Die Kraftstoffverordnung 2012 (KVO 2012) unterwirft Personen, die fossile Kraftstoffe für den Straßenverkehr in Verkehr bringen, einer Substitutions- und Treibhausgas-Minderungspflicht. Am 1. Jänner 2024 trat mit einer Neufassung des § 11 KVO eine Bestimmung in Kraft, die der Dekarbonisierung des Verkehrssektors und dem Ausbau der E-Mobilität zusätzlichen Schub verleihen soll.


The International Comparative Legal Guide - Environment & Climate Change Law 2024



info corner

Erneuerbaren-Ausbau-Gesetz Infocorner

Der mit großem Interesse erwartete Entwurf für das Erneuerbaren-Ausbau-Gesetz (EAG) wurde gemeinsam mit Änderungen des ElWOG 2010, GWG 2011, ÖSG 2012 und weiterer Gesetze (EAG-Paket) am 16.09.2020 in Begutachtung geschickt. Im Erneuerbaren-Ausbau-Gesetz Info Corner sollen die wesentlichen Eckpunkte des EAG-Pakets dargestellt und praxisrelevante Rechtsfragen behandelt werden.

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Our team of environmental law experts advises on matters across the CEE region.

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