Dr Gernot-Rüdiger Engel

Dr Gernot-Rüdiger Engel

Dr Gernot-Rüdiger Engel


T +49 40 18067 16639

Industries Energy , Mobility & Logistics

Areas of Practice

Dr Gernot-Rüdiger Engel specialises in national, European and international climate protection law (climate protection laws, climate actions, emissions trading and German Renewable Energy Act (EEG)), environmental law with all its aspects (immission control law, water and waste law), information access law (German Freedom of Information Act (IFG), German Environmental Information Act (UIG) and transparency laws) and “environmental compliance”. His advice is solution-oriented, entrepreneurial and future-oriented. The latter is also the reason why he advises on all legal issues relating to the use of drones and he also sits on the relevant advisory board of the Federal Ministry of Transport.

He has been instructed to act on behalf of listed companies as well as owner-managed and medium-sized companies from the chemical industry, energy supply, wood-based materials industry, ceramic industry, paper, cardboard and board industry, thermal waste treatment plants and numerous associations.

In the Corona-crisis, he protects the production and the supply chains of his national and international clients and their strategic industries against closure orders under infection control law. 

Dr Gernot-Rüdiger Engel regularly publishes on current topics and gives lectures on current environmental law issues. He is also a lecturer on environmental and energy law (Berlin School of Economics and Law).


Dr Gernot-Rüdiger Engel studied law in Göttingen (Germany) and international business management. He obtained his doctorate under the supervision of Prof. Peine on European environmental law. He has worked for Luther since 2004 and was based in Luther’s Berlin office until 2008.

He is the co-editor of the magazine on emission control law and emissions trading: “Zeitschrift für Immissionsschutzrecht und Emissionshandel - I + E”and co-author of the commentaries on the German Environmental Information Act (UIG), as well as author of the “Corporate Compliance Checklists”. In addition, he is a founding member and a member of the supervisory board of the Association IZD (Industrie.Zukunft.Deutschland e.V.) and vice chairman of “Treibshausgasneutralität (STN)”, a charity that he founded. 

Honors and Distinctions
  • Best Lawyers (2021): Award in "Public Law"
  • The Legal 500 (2019/2020): Listed under "Public Law - Environmental and Planning Law"
  • The Legal 500 (2019): Listed under "Tax Law"
  • The Legal 500 (2014): 2014: Listed under "Environmental and Planning Law"

  • Papier- u. Kartonfabrik Varel GmbH & Co. KG (major manufacturer of paper products): constitutional complaint directed against § 13 of the German Energy Act (override control of industrial power plants)
  • Major steel company (world market leader): legal advice in emissions trading
  • Major energy utility: legal advice and representation in a procedure under the German Environmental Information Act
  • Major tobacco company: legal advice regarding national and European chemicals law
  • Wienerberger Group (major manufacturer of roofing tiles): legal advice in emissions trading
  • SmurfitKappa Group (major manufacturer of paper products): legal advice regarding unauthorised name references in technical documents; legal advice on emissions trading


Blog Posts
  • Das neue Umweltschadensgesetz - Haftung ohne Grenzen?, Vortrag
  • Kosten der Energiewende - Eine Analyse der Lasten und Wohltaten, Mercedes-Benz Werk Berlin
  • Kosten der Energiewende - Eine Analyse der Lasten und Wohltaten, Metallwerk Oetinger Berlin-Tempelhof GmbH
  • Bio- und Sekundärrohstoffverwertung, 24. Kasseler Abfall- und Bioenergieforum
  • Emissioonsgenehmigung für Anlagen nach § 2 Abs. 5 Nr. 3 TEHG, ITAD
  • EU-ETS post 2013, Papierfabrik Scheufelen GmbH & CO KG
  • Emissionshandel ab 2013 - Vorbereitung auf die Dritte Handelsperiode, Stadtwerke Rostock
  • Interpretation der zukünftigen Anforderungen aus TEHG und ZuV 2020 aus Sicht eines Rechtsanwalts, Tagung des VDZ und des BVK
  • Die Novelle des Treibhausgas-Emissionshandelsgesetzes, Verband Deutscher Papierfabriken (VDP)
  • Monitoring von CO2-Emissionen, Verband Deutscher Papierfabriken (VDP)
  • Genehmigung von Monitoringkonzepten und Überwachungsplänen, ITAD
  • Fallstricke für Anlagenbetreiber, Behörden und Verifizierer im Emissionshandel, Berliner Immissionsschutz-Konferenz
  • Rechtliche Anforderungen an die Emissionsberichterstattung - Strategien zur Vermeidung von Sanktionsverfahren, 2. Bayerische Immissionsschutztage
  • Rechtliche Anforderungen an die Bestimmung der Biomasse in Rückständen der Papierindustrie - Strategien zur Vermeidung von Sanktionsverfahren, Verband Deutscher Papierfabriken (VDP)
  • Das neue Umweltschadensgesetz, IHK-Hanau
  • Die Haftung im Umweltrecht - Grundlagen, Verantwortlichkeit,, IHK Berlin