Fiona Melville

Fiona Melville

K&L Gates LLP

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Australian New Energy White Paper Process Commences

The Australian Federal Government (Government) has taken its first step towards creating a new national energy policy by releasing an Energy Policy Issues Paper (Issues Paper) seeking stakeholder input on a range of priority...more

1/20/2014 - Australia Energy Energy Policy Renewable Energy Utilities Sector

Australian Government Releases Further Details of its Direct Action Plan to Reduce Australian Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The Australian Federal Government (Government) released a Green Paper on Friday 20 December as part of its Direct Action Plan on climate change policy. The Green Paper outlines the Government's preferred design for an...more

1/10/2014 - Australia Carbon Emissions Climate Action Plan Climate Change Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Australia's Carbon Repeal – Unveiled

Draft legislation, published on 15 October 2013, sets out the Australian Government's plans to repeal the Clean Energy Act 2011 (Cth) and associated legislation (Carbon Acts) with effect from 1 July 2014. The impact, if...more

10/17/2013 - Australia Carbon Auctions Carbon Emissions Carbon Taxes Income Taxes Supply Chain

Terms of Reference for New Emissions Reduction Fund

Just hours after releasing draft legislation to "axe the carbon tax", the Federal Government has launched a consultation to seek community input on the design of a proposed Emissions Reductions Fund (Fund) to form the...more

10/17/2013 - Australia Carbon Emissions Environmental Policies Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Carbon Repeal – Unveiled

Draft legislation, published on 15 October 2013, sets out the Coalition's plans to repeal the Clean Energy Act 2011 (Cth) and associated Acts (Carbon Acts) with effect from 30 June 2014. The impact being that liable entities'...more

10/16/2013 - Auction Australia Cap-and-Trade Carbon Emissions Carbon Taxes Climate Change Income Taxes Supply Chain

What Will the End of the Carbon Tax and Start of Carbon Trading Mean?

Draft legislation1 released on 25 July 2013 proposes terminating the carbon tax and bringing forward carbon emissions trading to July 2014. This article sets out some key features of what the move to carbon emissions trading...more

7/31/2013 - Air Pollution Carbon Emissions Carbon Off-Set Credits Carbon Taxes

EU votes in favour of temporarily withholding the sale of 900 million EU allowances from the EU carbon scheme

On July 3, 2013 the members of the European Parliament voted 344-311 in favour of a one-off intervention in the market to withhold the sale of 900 million EU allowances over the next few years (with the intent to return them...more

7/12/2013 - Cap-and-Trade Carbon Emissions Carbon Off-Set Credits Climate Action Plan Climate Change Environmental Policies EU

EU Rejects Suspension of Auctions of EU Allowances; California Air Resources Board Formally Approves Linkage with Quebec

On April 16, 2013 the members of the European Parliament voted 334-315 against the proposal of the European Union (EU) Commission to suspend future auctions of EU emission trading scheme (EU ETS) allowances until 2019 in...more

4/25/2013 - Auction California Air Resources Board Canada Cap-and-Trade Emissions Trading System EU

Potential Linkage between Californian and Australian Greenhouse Gas Cap-and-Trade Regimes

Australia and the State of California are investigating opportunities for linking their carbon pricing and greenhouse gas (“GHG”) cap-and-trade programs. On January 15, 2013, officials from the Australian Parliament and the...more

2/5/2013 - Cap-and-Trade CARB Climate Change Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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