4. No­vem­ber 2021

Cli­ma­te Ch­an­ge Li­ti­ga­ti­on

The to­pic of cli­ma­te ch­an­ge has long be­en one of the do­mi­nant is­sues of our time. Wi­th the de­cis­i­on of the Ger­man Fe­de­ral Con­sti­tu­tio­nal Court of 24 March 2021 the le­gal aspects of this to­pic have al­so be­co­me the fo­cus of a broa­der pu­blic in Ger­ma­ny.

For quite so­me time, the to­pics cli­ma­te ch­an­ge and cli­ma­te pro­tec­tion have be­en part of le­gal ad­vice in va­rious forms, e.g. in con­nec­tion wi­th al­ter­na­ti­ve en­er­gy pro­jects (off­shore wind, so­lar PV, etc.) and pro­jects wi­th new or al­ter­na­ti­ve dri­ve and en­er­gy con­cepts, in con­nec­tion wi­th in­vest­ments in re­ne­wa­ble en­er­gy pro­jects, in con­nec­tion wi­th insu­rance law is­sues re­sul­ting from the con­se­quen­ces of cli­ma­te ch­an­ge and al­so in con­nec­tion wi­th re­qui­re­ments for the re­duc­tion of pol­lutant emis­si­ons.

Around the world, a lar­ge num­ber of cli­ma­te ch­an­ge re­la­ted court pro­cee­dings are al­re­a­dy un­der­way, but so far most of them deal wi­th ques­ti­ons about the ob­li­ga­ti­on of sta­tes to ta­ke ac­tion or wi­th cli­ma­te and en­vi­ron­men­tal da­ma­ge that has al­re­a­dy oc­cur­red. Against this back­ground, much at­ten­ti­on has be­en paid to a ru­ling of the Recht­bank Den Haag of 26 May 2021 (C/09/571932 / HA ZA 19-379) in which the Dutch court or­de­red the com­pa­ny Roy­al Dutch Shell plc to li­mit CO2 emis­si­ons.

In the fu­ture a si­gni­fi­cant in­crease in Cli­ma­te Ch­an­ge Li­ti­ga­ti­on and Cli­ma­te-Re­la­ted Li­ti­ga­ti­on can be ex­pec­ted, wi­th spe­ci­fic is­sues of pri­va­te in­ter­na­tio­nal law and in­ter­na­tio­nal ci­vil pro­ce­du­re law al­so play­ing an im­portant ro­le”,

says Dr. Mar­tin P. Lö­ge­ring, ex­pert in Litigation/​Arbitration and bar-cer­ti­fied spe­cia­list in In­ter­na­tio­nal Busi­ness Law.

New ju­ris­dic­tions and in­dus­try sec­tors, new li­ti­ga­ti­on tech­ni­ques and stra­te­gies as well as crea­ti­ve forms of li­ti­ga­ti­on fun­ding – Cli­ma­te Ch­an­ge Li­ti­ga­ti­on is curr­ent­ly evol­ving ra­pidly.