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With more than 450 lawyers in 75 offices across the globe, our Energy & Climate Change Group is one of the largest of its kind.

It was founded on ground-breaking work designing and implementing modern energy markets and making them fit for purpose, which now involves reshaping them to meet the demands of the energy transition to a decarbonised economy, renewable power and the various responses to the climate crisis.

From advising on climate change strategy, new technologies, risk and disputes, sustainable finance, environmental regulation, corporate net zero strategies and major infrastructure projects, we advise our clients globally, operationally and strategically.

With respect to climate change, the group’s work focuses primarily on the following areas:

  • Renewable power
  • Carbon capture, use and storage
  • Hydrogen
  • Corporate net zero strategies
  • Sustainable finance
  • Electric vehicles and decarbonisation of the transport sector
  • Circular economy
  • Energy transition
  • Industrial decarbonisation
  • Environmental regulation
  • Waste management
  • Energy efficiency

The work encompassed by our Energy & Climate Change Group is wide-ranging and across most parts of CMS’s practices, geographies and sectors.

Our lawyers work closely with our clients to ensure that the solutions we develop are commercially sound and legally compliant. They advise on financing and optimising structures from a tax perspective as well as help manage environmental risks and liabilities and resolve conflicts.

Thanks to the combination of our local expertise with our international perspective and our cross-sectoral knowledge, we help ensure clients receive the advice best suited to their business needs and to our collective future.

Please contact any of our ESG lawyers to explore solutions to your needs.


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19/08/2021
The Re­new­able En­ergy Law Re­view 2021
After years of be­ing con­sidered an 'oil-and-gas coun­try', Rus­sia now has an ex­pand­ing re­new­able en­ergy sec­tor fol­low­ing a re­cent spate of for­eign in­vest­ment and the in­stall­a­tion and con­struc­tion of sev­er­al re­new­able en­ergy pro­jects.Read the Rus­sia chapter if the Re­new­able En­ergy Law Re­view 2021, pre­pared by Thomas Heidemann, Part­ner at CMS Rus­sia, and Dmitry Bog­dan­ov, Seni­or As­so­ci­ate at CMS Rus­sia. The chapter provides an over­view of the Rus­si­an reg­u­la­tions in the re­new­able en­ergy in­dustry.This art­icle was pre­pared for and first pub­lished by The Law Re­views in Au­gust 2021.
03/08/2021
The En­ergy Reg­u­la­tion and Mar­kets Re­view 2021
Rus­sia’s vast geo­graphy is an im­port­ant de­term­in­ant of its eco­nom­ic activ­ity. It has the world’s largest proven nat­ur­al gas re­serves and acts as the largest ex­port­er of nat­ur­al gas. It is also the second-largest ex­port­er of pet­ro­leum. Enorm­ous en­ergy re­sources en­able pro­du­cers to gen­er­ate elec­tri­city in thermal, hy­dro and nuc­le­ar power plants and by us­ing gas, oil and coal.Read the Rus­sia Chapter of the En­ergy Reg­u­la­tion and Mar­kets Re­view 2021, pre­pared by Thomas Heidemann, Part­ner at CMS Rus­sia, and Dmitry Bog­dan­ov, Seni­or As­so­ci­ate at CMS Rus­sia. The chapter provides an over­view of the Rus­si­an reg­u­la­tions in the en­ergy in­dustry, in­clud­ing elec­tri­city sec­tor, oil and gas sec­tor, re­new­able en­ergy and en­ergy ef­fi­ciency.This art­icle was pre­pared for and first pub­lished by The Law Re­views in June 2021.
22/04/2021
En­vir­on­ment, en­ergy ef­fi­ciency and re­new­ables
In this chapter of Do­ing busi­ness in Rus­sia, we dis­cuss the fol­low­ing as­pects of cli­mate change is­sues in the coun­try: en­vir­on­ment­al reg­u­la­tions, en­ergy ef­fi­ciency re­quire­ments and the re­new­ables sec­tor.
18/12/2020
Re­new­able en­ergy law and reg­u­la­tion in Rus­sia
In­tro­duc­tion Rus­sia’s en­ergy mix is dom­in­ated by nat­ur­al gas, which ac­counts for 52% of primary en­ergy sup­ply and 42% of elec­tri­city gen­er­a­tion.The Rus­si­an Fed­er­a­tion has set out to in­crease and di­ver­si­fy...
19/10/2020
Hy­dro­gen law and reg­u­la­tion in Rus­sia
1. CUR­RENT STATE OF HY­DRO­GEN PRO­JECTS IN RUS­SIA Rus­sia is wit­ness­ing a grow­ing in­terest at gov­ern­ment­al and in­dustry sec­tor levels in the de­vel­op­ment of the hy­dro­gen in­dustry. There have been ef­forts...
23/03/2010
Do­ing busi­ness in Rus­sia
This is the 2021 edi­tion of the CMS Do­ing busi­ness in Rus­sia guide.