Our services 

The Environmental Law Department is made up of specialist environmental lawyers and a large group of professionals hailing from an economic and technical background, such as engineers, geologists, chemists, physicists, environmental scientists, economists, etc. Its multidisciplinary focus ensures professional services of the highest quality, combining both legal and technical, economic and financial approaches, in all types of work and studies concerning the environment, renewables, sustainability, climate change and corporate social responsibility.

Garrigues Medio Ambiente, the Firm’s technical and consulting arm , also has an office in Paris from which it provides advice to French clients, particularly in the area of renewables.

Legal advice

The Garrigues Environmental Law Department offers integral advice on environmental, energy and mining matters, including, among other aspects, assistance with administrative enforcement proceedings and acting for clients in court. The team also deals with applications for administrative concessions, authorizations and permits of an environmental nature and participates in the preparation of draft legislation for the public authorities at central, autonomous community and local government levels.

We provide legal advice in the following areas:

  • Emissions trading.
  • Remuneration regime for renewables.
  • Protection of natural areas and from the limitations under such legislation.
  • Administrative proceedings regarding declarations of contaminated land.
  • Implementation and operation of integrated management systems for all kinds of waste.

Garrigues reviews the legal and administrative situation of enterprises and industries. It also prepares environmental due diligence reports for corporate transactions and project finance processes.

We prepare:

  • Recommendations manuals for compliance with the applicable legislation.
  • Reports and legal opinions on environmental matters.

    Economic and strategic analysis: energy and sustainability

    We carry out strategic planning, sustainable energy planning and planning for intelligent networks, industry modeling and markets. We help to define business plans and models and strategies based on environmental or energy variables. We carry out feasibility studies on new or existing infrastructure for the public and private sectors and we also perform cost-benefit analyses of energy and environmental projects.

    Renewable energy and energy efficiency projects

    We offer integral project finance advice and advice on all aspects of due diligence processes prior to the financial close. Our professionals also carry out audits and manage the administrative formalities required for projects and their financing. The environmental law team also offers integral advice on energy efficiency projects.

    Climate change

    Garrigues Medio Ambiente boasts a team of climate change experts. Drawing on their training and extensive experience in this area, they offer a comprehensive service from a global industry perspective, designing climate change strategies for businesses, as well as internal reduction and emissions reduction plans. In addition, the team also offers other services in areas such as technical and economic surveys and evaluations of CO2 equivalent reduction technologies, the preparation and projection of emissions inventories, and the calculation of the carbon footprint.

    Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

    Garrigues Medio Ambiente adapts to the characteristics of each client (public or private) to ensure the roll-out of tailor-made CSR and sustainability plans and strategies. The team carries out diagnostics and audits for each client and even for their supply chain, in addition to conducting CSR studies and benchmarking, and advising on transparency and reporting initiatives, and codes of conduct.

    Our professionals provide ongoing advice to listed companies for their inclusion on sustainability indexes (DJSI, FTSE4Good, etc.) and to fund managers for analysis of the sustainability of the universe of companies to be included in their ethical investment funds. They also have an extensive track record on the implementation of the Equator Principles at financial institutions.

    Responsible purchasing

    We prepare sustainable public procurement plans and responsible purchasing plans for private entities by developing the guidelines necessary to incorporate environmental and social criteria in the different contract phases, thereby allowing environmental and social impacts to be significantly reduced.

    Environmental liability and risk analysis

    Our team of qualified professionals analyzes individual or industry-wide environmental risks by identifying initiatives to reduce the risk and its economic impact and implementing risk management plans. We also offer legal assistance with environmental liability issues.

    Environmental management and accounting

    The Garrigues Medio Ambiente technical group is tasked with the design, implementation and maintenance of environmental and quality management systems, preparing strategic environmental plans with a view to helping clients to comply with environmental requirements. Contaminated land We provide integral advice to companies on contaminated land and draw up action strategies, including the preparation of studies and reports. We also offer administrative law advice and act for clients in court proceedings concerning contaminated land. Our technical experts also design and supervise decontamination projects and carry out economic appraisals of environmental liabilities deriving from contaminated land and water.

    Waste management

    We define strategies and plans for the management of all kinds of waste: urban, hazardous, agricultural and livestock, mining, electrical and electronic equipment, construction and demolition (C&D) waste, etc. We also analyze the technical, economic and legal feasibility of waste treatment and management models.

    Integrated management systems (IMSs)

    We provide recurring technical and legal advice on the preparation and monitoring of business prevention plans. We audit the parties involved in waste management activities and take samples in order to determine the characteristics of the waste, as well as prepare preliminary (technical, economic and legal) studies for the creation of an IMS.

    Water management

    The Garrigues Medio Ambiente team specializes in providing technical, legal and economic assistance with the management of the complete water cycle, with administrative procedures and court proceedings in this area, and in preparing management optimization studies and handling permit applications and enforcement proceedings.

    Sustainable construction

    Our professionals offer integral advice on the incorporation of sustainability criteria in the project design, in the drafting of sustainable construction manuals for real estate developers and construction companies, in the obtainment of certificates, in environmental and energy audits, building energy management and efficiency and savings plans.

    Communication and training

    At Garrigues Medio Ambiente, we take charge of managing the planning and execution of strategic environmental communications, as well as offering advice on and management of crisis communications. We are also experts in the preparation of informative guides, in-house environmental training, and in raising awareness of general and specific environmental issues (organization of courses, seminars, etc.)

    Garrigues has been ranked among the top firms for environmental matters by all legal directories for a number of years:

    Legal 500 (Environment)

    Chambers Europe (Environment)

    PLC Which Lawyer? (Environment)