Environmental, Energy and Natural Resources

Environmental, Energy and Natural Resources

Environment practice area is ranked in Band 1 by Chambers Asia Pacific since 2013

Many of the lawyers in Zhong Lun Law Firm’s Environment and Energy & Natural Resources Practice Group are highly recommended as leading lawyers in their respective fields by Chambers & Partners. Our team has provided distinguished legal services in the environmental protection arena, including environmental legal liability, risk and damages; carbon trading such as CDM, VER and Allowance; EPC; and energy-savings and emissions trading. For example, Zhong Lun represented the State Oceanic Administration of China in its high-profile marine ecology damage claims against ConocoPhillips following the Bohai Bay oil spill accident, participated in drafting of the Act of the People’s Republic of China on Addressing Climate Change, and served as long-term legal counsel for several environmental institutions.


Our experienced professionals also have provided comprehensive and in-depth legal services in acting on behalf of a broad range of clients in the energy and natural resources domain. Zhong Lun has represented a number of foreign and domestic brand name enterprises in these sectors, such as the China National Petroleum Corporation (or, CNPC), China Guodian Group, China Huadian Group, Shanxi Jincheng Mining Group, SK Energy, Samsung Petrochemical, Shandong Gold Group, Asia Aluminum, Sanjili Energy and Zhengzhou Coal & Electric. In recent years, we also represented a number of Chinese enterprises in their overseas mining investments in Australia, Niger, Zimbabwe, the Republic of Liberia, Congo (DRC), the Central African Republic and other places.


Scope of Services


  • Environmental legal risk assessment, management and prevention
  • Inspection and verification of environmental protection
  • Environmental compliance
  • Energy conservation and emission reduction projects
  • Environmental protection infrastructure projects, such as wastewater and waste treatment projects
  • Energy saving and environmental protection technology licensing and transfers
  • Solutions for environmental emergencies
  • Disputes over environmental pollution and ecological damage liability and tort damages
  • Long-term legal counsel for environmental institutions
  • Applications for the transfer, mortgage and lease of exploration rights and mining rights
  • Establishment of Sino-foreign joint ventures in energy and natural resources
  • M&A and cooperation projects in energy and natural resources at home and abroad
  • Energy and natural resources project financing
  • Private placement and public offering of energy and natural resources enterprises
  • Legal risk management for energy and natural resources enterprises
  • Dispute resolution for energy and natural resources enterprises
  • Long-term legal counsel for energy and natural resources enterprises