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Development of a legislative base for energy efficiency and saving began several years ago (some key delegated acts are still in the development stage). With the exception of several pilot projects in the regions, the large projects have yet to be launched.

Nevertheless, the CMS’ Energy Efficiency and Renewables group in Russia has successfully built up unique experience in applying Russian legislation in the area of energy efficiency. Notably, the lawyers at CMS Russia have worked with the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation and the EBRD to develop draft legislation setting out the main terms and conditions of energy-service contracts concluded in Russia, with the participation of the state.

Additionally, along with the state authorities, investment and various other companies, our lawyers are working to improve the legislative framework, particularly in relation to dealing with standardisation and energy efficiency programmes, and introducing and using energy efficient technology. We also work to expose factors hindering the development of plans and projects for green investment.

Our specialists contribute to the continued improvement of legislation and are members of working groups in the Association of European Businesses, the State Duma who deal with issues of energy efficiency and saving as well as of the Russian Energy Agency and Russian-French Centre for Energy Efficiency.

The lawyers at CMS Russia follow amendments to energy saving legislation closely and are the authors of a number of publications and presentations on the topic of energy efficiency and saving.

We advise clients on a wide range of issues in this sphere, including:

  • Adhering to the rules and regulations of energy saving and the specifics of applying them;
  • Concluding energy service contracts; 
  • Meeting the energy efficiency requirements for household appliances; 
  • Participating in tenders to conclude energy service contracts in accordance with the legislation on purchases for state needs; 
  • Structuring projects in the area of energy efficiency; 
  • Tax structuring and optimisation.

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Do­ing busi­ness in Rus­sia
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The Re­new­able En­ergy Law Re­view 2021
After years of be­ing con­sidered an 'oil-and-gas coun­try', Rus­sia now has an ex­pand­ing re­new­able en­ergy sec­tor fol­low­ing a re­cent spate of for­eign in­vest­ment and the in­stall­a­tion and con­struc­tion of sev­er­al re­new­able en­ergy pro­jects.Read the Rus­sia chapter if the Re­new­able En­ergy Law Re­view 2021, pre­pared by Thomas Heidemann, Part­ner at CMS Rus­sia, and Dmitry Bog­dan­ov, Seni­or As­so­ci­ate at CMS Rus­sia. The chapter provides an over­view of the Rus­si­an reg­u­la­tions in the re­new­able en­ergy in­dustry.This art­icle was pre­pared for and first pub­lished by The Law Re­views in Au­gust 2021.
03/08/2021
The En­ergy Reg­u­la­tion and Mar­kets Re­view 2021
Rus­sia’s vast geo­graphy is an im­port­ant de­term­in­ant of its eco­nom­ic activ­ity. It has the world’s largest proven nat­ur­al gas re­serves and acts as the largest ex­port­er of nat­ur­al gas. It is also the second-largest ex­port­er of pet­ro­leum. Enorm­ous en­ergy re­sources en­able pro­du­cers to gen­er­ate elec­tri­city in thermal, hy­dro and nuc­le­ar power plants and by us­ing gas, oil and coal.Read the Rus­sia Chapter of the En­ergy Reg­u­la­tion and Mar­kets Re­view 2021, pre­pared by Thomas Heidemann, Part­ner at CMS Rus­sia, and Dmitry Bog­dan­ov, Seni­or As­so­ci­ate at CMS Rus­sia. The chapter provides an over­view of the Rus­si­an reg­u­la­tions in the en­ergy in­dustry, in­clud­ing elec­tri­city sec­tor, oil and gas sec­tor, re­new­able en­ergy and en­ergy ef­fi­ciency.This art­icle was pre­pared for and first pub­lished by The Law Re­views in June 2021.
10/06/2021
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Strong re­cog­ni­tion by the rank­ing 32 CMS Rus­sia ex­perts have been se­lec­ted for in­clu­sion in­to the 2022 edi­tion of the Best Law­yers rank­ing. In total, we have earned 74 re­cog­ni­tions by the rank­ing :Ant­on...
27/04/2021
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22/04/2021
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20/10/2020
Waste re­form in Rus­sia: ad­min­is­trat­ive powers at fed­er­al, re­gion­al and...
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14/09/2020
Waste re­form in Rus­sia poses chal­lenges and op­por­tun­it­ies for in­vestors
Start­ing from 1 Janu­ary 2019, Rus­sia has been im­ple­ment­ing a pro­gramme of “waste re­form” to rad­ic­ally change its mu­ni­cip­al waste-man­age­ment sys­tem across the coun­try. Many of the sched­uled pre­par­a­tion...
21/08/2020
The En­ergy Reg­u­la­tion and Mar­kets Re­view 2020
Read the Rus­si­an Chapter of the En­ergy Reg­u­la­tion and Mar­kets Re­view 2020, pre­pared by Thomas Heidemann, CMS part­ner, and Dmitry Bog­dan­ov, CMS seni­or as­so­ci­ate. The chapter provides an over­view of the...
04/06/2020
CMS Rus­sia earns 58 re­cog­ni­tions by Best Law­yers 2021
Strong re­cog­ni­tion by the rank­ing 26 CMS Rus­sia ex­perts have been se­lec­ted for in­clu­sion in­to the 2021 edi­tion of the Best Law­yers. In total, we have earned 58 re­cog­ni­tions by the rank­ing:Ant­on Bankovskiy...