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U.S. Withdrawal from the Paris Agreement Creates an Opening for China to Lead

On June 1, 2017, President Trump announced during a speech at the White House that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Agreement, fulfilling a campaign pledge to end the agreement that the President argued would...more

China Increases Focus on Electronic Waste

As a world leader in the manufacturing of electronic devices, China is beginning to reform its rules and regulations to ensure that the resulting framework is able to keep pace with the rapid developments now taking place in...more

Belt and Road Forum Positions China as Leading Proponent of Global Trade

Leaders from around the world, including 20 heads of state, attended the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing on March 14-15. The attendees at the forum agreed on guiding principles for the initiative,...more

Ministry of Environmental Protection Steps-up "War on Pollution"

Earlier this month, during a round of surprise inspections, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Environmental Protection Zhao Yangmin publicly shamed the city officials of Langfang, a city in Hebei province, for failing to...more

Proposed Amendments to Cap-and-Trade Extension Bill Could Undermine Program

On April 18, 2017, California Assembly Members Garcia, Holden, and Garcia proposed amendments to Assembly Bill No. 378 (AB 378) that are intended to extend but significantly reshape California’s Cap-and-Trade Program. This...more

California Court of Appeals Upholds Cap-and-Trade Auctions

Yesterday, the Court of Appeals for California’s Third Appellate District issued its decision in California Chamber of Commerce, et al., vs. State Air Resources Board, et al., upholding the district court’s decision and...more

China’s Securities Regulator Issues New Green Bond Guidelines

The China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) released new guidelines (the Guidelines) on the issuance of green bonds on March 2, 2017, marking an important step in the development of what is now that world’s largest...more

US Environmental Regulations to Face Rollbacks, but Reform likely to be Tempered by Legal Barriers

Since assuming office in January, President Donald Trump – with the support of Congress – has stated his intention to roll back “burdensome” U.S. environmental regulations. The White House and Congress aim to reverse several...more

China Will Issue “Green Certificates” for Renewable Energy

China’s National Development and Reform Commissions (NDRC) – the country’s chief economic planning body – announced that a “green certificates” program for solar and wind power will be launched beginning on July 1, 2017. The...more

2/17/2017  /  China , NDRC , Renewable Energy

Will China Become the Global Leader on Climate Change?

Climate change has become a key concern for China in recent years, as evidenced by its pledge to reduce carbon emissions per unit of GDP by 60% from 2015 levels by 2030. As we have previously written, it has also become a...more

China focuses on Criminal Enforcement of Environmental Laws

The Supreme People’s Court (SPC), China’s highest judicial body, issued a judicial interpretation on December 26, 2016 which defines 18 types of environmental crimes as “serious environmental pollution” and identifies 13...more

State Council Announces Plan for a Pollution Discharge Permit System

China’s State Council released its “Plan for Controlling the Implementation of the Pollution Discharge Permit System,” (the Plan), which establishes guidelines and policy goals for the pollution permitting system being...more

China Policy for Lender Liability in Green Finance Guidelines

In April 2015, the Final Report of the People’s Bank of China’s Green Finance Task Force made 14 recommendations to facilitate the establishment of China’s green finance system. Recommendation 13 proposed the imposition of...more

China to Promote Green Finance at G20

Now in its eleventh year, The G20 Summit heads to the city of Hangzhou, China – the first time a G20 summit has been held for heads of state in China. As this years’ destination, China is maximising its role as the host...more

China Continues to Lead Global Investment in Solar and Wind Projects But Curtailment Remains an Issue

According to a recent report released by Clean Energy Pipeline, global clean energy backing in the first half of 2016 totalled US$116.4 billion. China was the largest investor, financing US$15.3 billion worth of solar and...more

California Proposes Draft Amendments to California Cap-and-Trade Program

On July 12, 2014, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) proposed amendments to the California Cap-and-Trade Program (17 CCR 95800 et. seq.) for the first time since 2014. The amendments include major substantive changes...more

China Releases Ambitious Plan to Address Soil Pollution

On 28 May, the State Council, China’s highest administrative body, released the Action Plan on Prevention and Control of Soil Pollution (currently available only in Chinese) to address one of the nation’s most difficult and...more

Earlier Peak Emissions in China’s Most Developed Cities

At the China-US Climate-Smart / Low Carbon Cities Summit held in Beijing on June 7 and 8, 2016 the world’s two largest carbon dioxide emitters announced expanded co-operation in their efforts to counter climate...more

Shanghai Set to Improve Air Quality Ahead of G20 Summit

In advance of the first ever G20 summit to be hosted in China this year, the Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau issued a revised, short-term air quality plan to improve local air conditions ahead of the summit. China...more

China Sustains Green Bonds Momentum

Green bonds, which tie the proceeds of the issuance to investments that have positive environmental and/or climate benefits, are a rapidly growing asset class. Recent figures have corroborated the narrative of growth...more

China Ramps Up Renewables

China has made notable strides to transition towards a lower-carbon economy. Most recently, local authorities were ordered to halt construction of coal-fired power plants in 13 provinces where capacity already outstrips...more

EPA Targets Oil and Gas Sector with Suite of New Emissions Rules

On May 12, 2016, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its final rules aimed at reducing methane emissions from the oil and gas industry, in support of the Obama Administration’s efforts to cut methane...more

Shanghai Issues Draft of Revised Environmental Protection Regulations for Public Comment

The Shanghai Municipal People’s Congress has released the revised Shanghai Environmental Protection Regulations (in Chinese only) for public comment. The revised Regulations, which first came into force in 1997, apply...more

China Cuts Down on Carbon as Coal Falls Out of Favour

China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the National Energy Administration (NEA) have ordered local authorities to stop construction of coal-fired power plants in 13 provinces where capacity already...more

China One of First Countries to Sign Paris Agreement

China, along with leaders from more than 150 countries, signed the Paris Climate Change Agreement in New York on April 22, 2016. New York Signing Update - Following final negotiation on December 12, 2015, April 22,...more

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