Sustainable Real Estate

Government and private entities are increasingly seeking to protect our country’s overall health, natural environment and quality of life through strategies such as smart growth, new urbanism, and green and smart building.

Houthoff's Real Estate team increasingly assists clients with legal issues relating to developing sustainable real estate projects. We advise on the contractual and property law aspects of circular construction and sustainable energy generation systems (thermal energy storage, heat pumps, solar panels, etc.). We also work in the field of building on water, for example, floating solar panels. Furthermore, we have extensive experience advising on legal structures for collective energy systems.

Our Real Estate lawyers have a thorough understanding of existing and emerging climate change legislation. They provide strategic advice to clients to ensure that climate change regulation requirements are met and business opportunities are maximised.
  • Advised various private and public organisations and public-private partnerships on the State aid rules, the competition rules and regulatory requirements regarding initiatives to reduce CO2 emissions in production processes, producing renewable energy and realising innovative applications and circular production methods. Moreover, the team was involved in various proceedings at national and EU level relating to measures introduced to realise climate objectives at local and national level.
  • Advised sponsors on the financing for several offshore and onshore windfarms in the Netherlands and Belgium.
  • Advised Van Oord on green term loans to finance two new vessels using cleaner technologies.
  • Advised senior lenders on the financing of the first metal recycling company in the Netherlands using a blended finance structure with financial support under the Energy Transition Facility from the Dutch department of economic affairs.
  • Advised Renewi on its green bond financing.
  • Advised various pension funds on implementing the Dutch Pensions Funds Agreement (IMVB-convenant).
  • Advised fund managers, investment firms and institutional investors on complying with the requirements under the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR).
  • Advised Climeworks AG on establishing a joint venture with SkyNRG B.V. to use CO2 captured from the air to produce sustainable aviation fuels, and related matters.
  • Advised fund managers, investment firms and institutional investors on implementing environmental, social and governance (ESG) related clauses in fund documentation, policy documents and fiduciary asset management agreements.
  • Advised Porthos as project counsel on acquiring a mining installation and related permits to store CO2 in empty gas fields beneath the North Sea, drafting related agreements and other matters. The Porthos Project is the largest CO2 reduction project in the Netherlands which aims to capture and store 37 million tonnes of CO2 in a 15-year period. Porthos is recognised by the European Union as a project of common interest.
Dolf de Jong

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Notaris | Partner
+31 20 605 65 06
+31 6 4397 4962

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Kandidaat-notaris | Senior Associate
+31 10 217 21 07
+31 6 2077 5067

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