Iris Kieft > ENVIR Advocaten > Amsterdam, Netherlands > Lawyer Profile

ENVIR Advocaten
Jan van Goyenkade 10 III
1075 HP Amsterdam

Work Department

Environmental law, planning and zoning law, climate change and energy, environmental due diligence


Partner at ENVIR Advocaten, Iris Kieft has over 12 years of experience advising and representing in court key Dutch and international energy players on regulatory and environmental law matters (EU regulatory, accidents, storage of hazardous materials, chemicals regulation, mining, waste, soil, noise, odour, energy efficiency, water, protection of Natura 2000 areas, protected species, planning and zoning), with a particular focus on climate change, circular economy and energy, including EU emissions trading and energy infrastructure.

Iris’s case highlights include litigating before the Court of Justice of the EU on behalf of several of the largest players in the Dutch industry on the European Commission’s implementation of the EU CO2 emission trading system (EU ETS) and working on multiple energy infrastructure projects, both domestic and cross-border. In addition, Iris has been assisting (organisations of) producers in relation to EU extended producer responsibility and circular economy questions since 2012. As a frontrunner, she helped design and set up the first ever Dutch collective system for collection and recycling of packaging waste and is currently supporting the e-waste sector in setting up a collective system. Iris also advises on regulatory and environmental aspects of M&A and financing transactions and arbitrations in the energy sector.

Iris Kieft is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Academy of European Law (ERA) and a board member of Stibat, a not-for-profit organization that promotes responsible use of batteries and accumulators and realizes end-of-life solutions including collection, sorting and recycling.


2018-today Partner at ENVIR Advocaten
2017-2018 Lawyer at CMS Netherlands
2008-2017 Lawyer at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek
2007 Junior lecturer European law at Radboud University, Nijmegen


Dutch, English


Dutch Environmental Lawyers Association


2009 Harvard Negotation Summers Workshops, Program on Negotiation, Harvard Law School
2006-2008 Master of Laws in International and European Law, Radboud University, Nijmegen
2005-2006 Master of Laws in Comparative Constitutional Law, Central European University, Budapest
2001-2005 Bachelor of Laws in International and European Law, Radboud University, Nijmegen

Lawyer Rankings

Netherlands > Environment and planning

(Next Generation Partners)

Iris KieftENVIR Advocaten

Boutique environmental specialist ENVIR Advocaten focuses entirely on public law. As an advisor to the government, the firm is well-positioned to advise on issues such as how to deal with nitrogen deposits in protected areas. Conservation law, zoning and planning are also key areas of focus. Marieke Kaajan  handles relevant permits for large industrial and sustainable energy projects. Fleur Onrust advises and litigates on spatial planning matters for businesses, developers and municipalities. Iris Kieft focuses on the regulatory and environmental aspects of development projects and transactions.