In the European and Italian legislation on energy efficiency, public administrations set the example and a point of reference for the private market as promoters of design solutions for the reduction of energy consumption and have specific obligations in the building sector (such as the obligation to guarantee very high energy efficiency solutions for new buildings or buildings undergoing major renovations).

In this context, the Firm offers legal assistance to public authorities and private operators in the field of energy efficiency projects for real estate assets and public grids.

In particular, the Firm’s professionals can support the offices of the authorities in the design, the award procedure and the performance of energy requalification projects based on energy performance contract (EPC) model, following the stages of:

  • the design of the intervention– identification of the concerned assets, energy audit and preliminary assessment of potential energy savings;
  • the design of the contract scheme and the special contract conditions best suited to the entity’s needs, through specific versions of the general energy performance contract model;
  • the identification of the financing solution best suited to the entity’s needs;
  • the identification and design of the public agreement (procurement or concession) and the award procedure (negotiated procedure, competitive dialogue, project financing etc.) best suited to the entity’s needs;
  • assisting the entity in drafting of the internal documentation for launching the procedure, in carrying out the procedure and in the performance of the contract, by providing the opinion of the Firm’s professionals on legal issues that may arise in both stages.

Local authorities are supported not only in operations aimed at the construction of district heating networks and high-efficiency cogeneration plants, but also in adapting municipal building regulations and their organizational structure to the provisions of the regulations on energy efficiency and the production of energy from renewable sources.

Similarly, the Firm can support energy service companies (ESCO) and other operators in the sector in the participation in public tenders or in the presentation of project financing projects to local authorities.

On the other hand, as far as sustainable mobility projects are concerned, the Firm offers legal consultancy in relation to the installation of electric vehicle charging columns and in the experimentation of forms of sustainable micro-mobility.

In carrying out the above services, the Firm can offer, in addition to a team of lawyers specialized in public contracts and contractual solutions for energy efficiency, the support of experienced professionals also on the technical and financial aspects of efficiency projects.