Ken Markowitz

Partner, Akin

Ken Markowitz has more than three decades’ experience in advising companies, governments and environmental groups on environmental law, climate change and sustainability issues, including on:

  • Carbon markets and offsets
  • Carbon pricing
  • Renewable fuels
  • Transportation and GHG emissions
  • Air and water pollution
  • Energy efficiency
  • Climate disclosures
  • Environmental claims
  • Environmental, social and governance (ESG).

Ken has demonstrated success working through complex regulatory programs implemented by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Energy (DOE) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). He also has a deep understanding of the EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standards program, GHG emissions and the Corporate Average Fuel Economy regulations.

Ken has worked extensively with DOE and USDA on clean energy and bio-economy programs. Ken works on energy efficiency issues in:

  • Buildings
  • Consumer and commercial products and appliances
  • Transportation systems
  • Other processes and controls, including with voluntary programs such as Energy Star.

Ken has participated in numerous United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiations on issues including mitigation, financing, market mechanisms, transparency, compliance and technology transfer. He has assisted clients in navigating:

  • The United Nations Environment Programme
  • The European Commission
  • The World Bank
  • The International Finance Corporation
  • The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development systems.

Ken also counsels clients on the Sustainable Development Goals and the Equator Principles.

Ken formerly served as the managing director of the International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (INECE), a global transgovernmental network of regulators, business and international organizations. In that role, he assisted governments around the world in strengthening the rule of law and building stronger environmental governance systems through performance measurement, adaptive management and public-private partnerships. He has led global capacity-building projects for prosecutors and judges, compliance and enforcement indicators, hazardous waste and port security, fresh water governance and on strengthening compliance and investor confidence in GHG and other environmental markets around the world.

Ken served as a senior attorney at the EPA, where he received national recognition for his work on emergency response and oil spill prosecution. He also worked in private practice as an environmental lawyer, counseling corporate and municipal clients throughout the United States on air, water, petroleum, waste and toxics.