R. Andrew Westgate

R. Andrew Westgate

Latham & Watkins LLP

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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

6/23/2016 - Air Pollution Air Quality Standards Carbon Emissions China Energy Sector Environmental Policies G20 World Health Organization

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

6/15/2016 - Asset Class Carbon Emissions China Climate Change Foreign Investment Go Green Bonds

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

6/2/2016 - Carbon Emissions China Climate Change Coal-Fired Plants Curtailment Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) Paris Agreement Renewable Energy Solar Energy Wind Power

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

5/30/2016 - EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Methane New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) Oil & Gas Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)

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

5/19/2016 - Amended Regulation China Comment Period Emissions Trading System Environmental Litigation Environmental Policies NGOs Pollution Control Public Interest Sanctions Site Remediation

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

5/13/2016 - China Climate Change Coal Industry Coal-Fired Generation Energy Sector NDRC

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

4/25/2016 - Carbon Emissions China Climate Change Energy Policy Greenhouse Gas Emissions Paris Agreement United Nations

New Chinese Soil Pollution Law Planned for 2017 Could Be Accelerated

On April 17, 2016, China Central Television (CCTV), the country’s state-run broadcast network, aired a report claiming that nearly 500 students apparently developed illnesses (including leukemia) at a school built on...more

4/21/2016 - CERCLA China Chinese Environmental Protection Laws Contaminated Properties EU Groundwater Hazardous Substances Hazardous Waste Netherlands Pollution Control Proposed Legislation Soil Toxic Chemicals

China Revises Hazardous Substances Restriction Laws

China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has recently announced a revised version of the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS 1), which will come into effect on July 1, 2016. The revised...more

4/8/2016 - Amended Legislation China Electronics EU Exemptions Hazardous Substances Manufacturers MIIT Provisions New Guidance Product Labels Regulatory Oversight RoHS 2

China Gives Green Light for Green Bonds

China launched a green bond pilot initiative via the Shanghai Stock Exchange, encouraging further foreign investment in a rapidly growing asset class and paving the way for issuances by non-financial institutions....more

4/6/2016 - Bonds Capital Markets China Climate Change Corporate Issuers Financial Institutions Foreign Investment Go Green Bonds Renewable Energy Shanghai Stock Exchange Sustainability

China’s NDRC Issues New Carbon Trading Guidance

The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), China’s central economic planning agency, issued several guidance documents relating to the upcoming national Emissions Trading System (ETS) in January this year. The...more

2/17/2016 - Cap-and-Trade Carbon Emissions China Emissions Trading System Energy Sector Inspections New Guidance

China Progresses with Increased Environmental Accountability for Industry and Government Authorities

This January, China’s Supreme People’s Procuratorate (SPP), the country’s most senior prosecution and investigation authority, issued a statement analysing the initial six months of its pilot programme launched in July 2015,...more

2/17/2016 - China Environmental Litigation Environmental Violations Federal Pilot Programs NGOs Public Interest

What Does COP-21 Mean for Business?

6 Answers From Around the Globe - The historic COP-21 Paris Agreement on climate change is the first major development in the climate area at the international level since adoption of the Kyoto Protocol in...more

2/2/2016 - China Climate Change Emissions Trading System EU Greenhouse Gas Emissions Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) Investors Paris Agreement Renewable Energy Spain UK

EPA Finalizes Historic Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Program

Existing and new power plants face increasing complexity as EPA’s historic final rule regulating greenhouse gas emissions represents a major expansion of EPA’s regulatory authority. In a rare presidential announcement of...more

8/19/2015 - Carbon Emissions Clean Air Act Clean Power Plan Coal-Fired Generation Energy Sector Energy Tax Incentives EPA Final Rules Greenhouse Gas Emissions Natural Gas Nuclear Power Oil & Gas Power Plants

Measures on Public Participation in Environmental Protection (Trial Implementation) (Draft for Comment) Public Notice

Article 1 - The purpose of these measures is to ensure the rights of citizens, legal persons and other organizations to access environmental information, participate in and supervise environmental protection, to smooth...more

4/27/2015 - China Environmental Protection Act Public Comment

EPA Proposes Unprecedented Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Program

We analyze EPA’s novel proposal to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants as it will shape its regulation of other industry sectors. On June 2, 2014, EPA released its long-anticipated proposal to...more

6/6/2014 - Air Pollution Air Quality Standards Carbon Emissions EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions NAAQS Power Plants

The Supreme Court Upholds EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule

Decision in EME Homer City upholds CSAPR, but additional legal challenges and EPA revisions may still significantly alter CSAPR and delay its implementation. On Tuesday, April 29, the United States Supreme Court...more

5/5/2014 - Clean Air Act Cross-State Air Pollution EPA v EME Homer City SCOTUS

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