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Environment and Climate Change

We have a specialised and dedicated environment and climate change practice that has extensively advised on vast environmental subjects, including air, water, forests, wildlife, and biodiversity.

With growing environmental activism, sustainability awareness, and regulatory watch, businesses must consider the impact of their operations on environment and climate change. At Trilegal, we have a specialised and dedicated Environment and Climate Change Group advising on various environmental subjects, including air, water, forests, wildlife, and biodiversity. The Group also has deep expertise in the management of hazardous, chemical, plastic, battery, and bio-medical wastes. Harnessing the full-service nature of Trilegal, the Group provides regulatory, transactional, and dispute support to clients.

The Group provides end-to-end legal services in environmental claims and disputes:

  • Interacting with environmental regulators at both central and state levels
  • Engagement of relevant environmental consultants
  • Representation before judicial forums at different levels, such as the Indian District and High Courts, National Green Tribunal, and the Supreme Court of India
  • Crisis management services in case of environmental breaches and accidents

The Group also regularly investigates environmental and regulatory risks arising in M&A transactions to ring-fence against any potential environmental penalties and liabilities on key managerial personnel.

The Group works closely with environmental consultants accredited by the Indian Ministry of Environment, Forests, and Climate Change. These include sampling and testing agencies; treatment, storage, and disposal facilities; waste collectors, managers, and recyclers.

Some of our areas of work include

  • Environmental Defense Litigation

  • Environmental Advisory and Compliance

    The Group has deep expertise in advising on compliance and regulatory matters:

    • Compliances required under the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981, and Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974
    • Environmental clearances required under the Environment Protect Act, 1986 and Environment Impact Assessment Notification, 2006
    • Forest clearances required under the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980
    • Consents relating to the handling, transportation, recycling, and disposal of various types of waste under various Indian waste management laws
  • Environmental Due Diligence and Risk Management

    The Group is regularly involved in environmental risk management at every life stage of a business:

    • Assessment and mitigation of environmental issues in day-to-day operations, typically relating to obtaining consents/permits, reporting and disclosure obligations
    • Identification, analysis, and mitigation of environmental risks in sale of goods, mergers, acquisitions, and other transactions
    • Crafting internal sustainability policies

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