Emissions Trading & Carbon Markets. Van Ness Feldman has been a top emissions trading law firm since the earliest days of carbon markets. Environmental Finance magazine’s annual market survey regularly recognizes Van Ness Feldman as a top law firm in both California's carbon markets and the U.S. environmental markets more generally. The magazine identified climate practice chair, Kyle Danish as a “California carbon market mover.”
Our emissions trading practice works with energy companies, project developers, financials, and carbon funds. The firm has advised on a broad range of project types, including methane digester projects; afforestation, reforestation, forest management, and avoided deforestation projects; and coal mine methane projects. Van Ness Feldman has provided counsel to transactions structured to comply with a variety of rules and protocols, including California’s cap-and-trade program, the Verified Carbon Standard, and the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism.
Integrating decades of environmental, energy, and transactional experience, Van Ness Feldman has advised on environmental markets transactions for tens of millions of credits. The firm drafts Emission Reduction Purchase Agreements; advises on joint ventures, funds, and other financial structures for carbon finance; and has provided legal counsel on disputes and litigation arising from transactions in the carbon markets.
Integrating Climate Impacts into Project Planning & Permitting. Van Ness Feldman advises a wide array of public and private clients on how to build consideration of climate change into their decision-making processes. Environmental analysis for actions at all levels of government increasingly requires examining potential impacts of a proposed action on climate change and the potential effect of climate change on the proposed action. Our attorneys advise private and public agency clients proposing development, as well as public agencies that are asked to consider impacts and mitigation measures as part of their decision-making processes. We also advise on compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) as well as analogous state laws, and assists in the drafting of policies used by decision-makers.