Environmental Law & Governance

Friedhelm Keimeyer

Head of Division

Special Expertise

Research focus: National and European energy and environmental law

  • Legal opinions on specific cases
  • Legal analysis of fundamental issues
  • Cross-sectional analysis and development of policy instruments
  • Policy advisory work

Key Projects

  • Legal guidance for the German Climate Action Plan and legal implementation
  • Future financing of energy supply from renewable sources
  • Climate Protection in the electricity sector – Comparison of instruments to reduce emissions
  • Concepts for the enforcement of climate protection laws in the building sector including third parties
  • Further development of strategies against obsolescence including legal instruments
  • Instruments for environmentally sustainable regulation of raw material extraction – INSTRO
  • Dialog with experts on legal act for environmental inspection – Exchange on possible transformations in the enforcement of EU environmental law
  • Further Development of the Administration of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme
  • Constitutional and European legal issues surrounding the further development of the EU Emissions Trading Directive
  • Legal barriers to planning climate protection in Germany’s buildings sector
  • Legal Barriers to Climate Protection in the Planning and Construction of Buildings
  • PolRess – Development of a societal and political debate regarding resource efficiency in Germany until 2050 – long-term scenarios, economic impacts, allocation of necessary measures
  • Underground spatial planning – proposals to improve the above ground and underground information, to develop the planning instruments and to provide for sustainable solutions of conflicting use. Part 2: Spatial planning and legal issues
  • Underground spatial planning and sustainable resource management using the example of selected regions
  • Climate Protection in Maritime Transportation
  • Analysis and evaluation of the implementation of an offsetting scheme for international aviation
  • Evaluation, monitoring and adaptation of existing aid programmes and the further development of the National Climate Initiative (NKI)
  • Scientific study on increasing product-related energy efficiency

Professional Training and Career

  • Since 2012: Researcher at Öko-Institut, Environmental Law & Governance Division
  • 2010 – 2012: Lawyer at Becker Büttner Held, Berlin, Main activities and responsibilities: energy law, emissions trading law, contract design and policy advisory work
  • 2009: Member of election campaign staff, Headquarter of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD–Parteivorstand); Willy-Brandt-Haus, Berlin
  • 2006 – 2008: Postgraduate civil service training, Heidelberg Regional Court; passed the Second State Examination for the legal profession after completing stations at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (Division “Legal Issues, Environment and Energy, Climate Protection, Emissions Trading”) and the corporate law firm Gleiss Lutz
  • 2006 – 2007: Research assistant at the Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg, Teaching students in administrative and constitutional law, Evaluating written examinations
  • 2001 – 2006: Undergraduate studies in Jurisprudence in Heidelberg and in Saint Petersburg (Russia); passed the First State Examination for entry to the legal profession, optional subject international and European law

Language Skills

English, Russian


Friedhelm Keimeyer