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Trade & Manufacturing Alert - April 2014 (#2)

In This Issue: - Downturn in Chinese Economy May Be Triggering An Export Surge - EPA Issues Guidance On American Iron And Steel Requirement For $2.4 Billion In FY 2014 Clean Water And Drinking Water State...more

China Update

In This Issue: - Quote of the Week - U.S.-China Relations - China News - Energy & Environment - Trade - Excerpt from Quote of the Week: “No bilateral relationship in the 21st century is likely...more

U.S. Customs And Border Protection Announces Three New Members Of Commercial Targeting And Analysis Center

Participating agencies jointly target commercial imports that threaten health and safety - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced last week that three additional Federal agencies have formally joined the...more

United States to Participate in New World Trade Organization Trade Negotiation to Lower Tariffs on “Green Goods”

On March 21, the Obama Administration formally notified Congress that it intends to enter into a new plurilateral trade negotiation in the World Trade Organization (WTO) to eliminate tariffs on environmental goods. The...more

Trade & Manufacturing Alert - April 2014

In This Issue: - Putin Up With Russia - Downturn in Chinese Economy May Be Triggering An Export Surge - EPA Issues Guidance On American Iron And Steel Requirement For $2.4 Billion In FY 2014 Clean Water And...more

Exemptions for Energy Intensive Companies From Renewable Energy Surcharges: Commission Opens In-Depth State Aid Investigation...

The European Commission has opened an in-depth State aid investigation into a French scheme, under which energy intensive companies are exempted from renewable energy surcharges. The decision to open the formal investigation...more

Energy Newsletter - March 2014

In This Issue: - REGULATORY: Oil & Gas Regulatory, Government Relations: Congress Probes Crude Rail Safety Developments; Voluntary Industry-Regulator Agreement Addresses Safety Concerns - Environmental: A "Diesel...more

Mandatory Social and Financial Reporting: Coming Soon to the European Union

Corporate social responsibility (“CSR”) may have its roots in voluntary efforts by businesses to address their broader impacts on society, but the trend towards CSR becoming mandatory advanced significantly this week under a...more

U.S. International Trade Commission Issues Preliminary Determination of Injury to US Solar Cell Industry from Imports of Certain...

By a vote on February 14, 2014, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) made a preliminary determination of material injury to the U.S. solar cell manufacturing industry due to low-priced Crystalline Silicon...more

EU Environment Report - December 2013/January 2014

In this issue: *Chemicals: - New restrictions on the use of PAHs *Climate Change: - Commission publishes average emissions and emissions targets of CO2 for manufacturers of new light commercial...more

United States Challenges India's Domestic Content Requirements

NSM Limitations Pose Danger to U.S. Solar Product Exports - Today, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman announced the United States has requested World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement consultations with...more

China Announces Final Determinations in Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Investigations into Solar-Grade Polysilicon from Korea...

On January 20, 2014, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) published Notice No. 5 [2014], imposing definitive antidumping (AD) duties on imports of solar-grade polysilicon from Korea and the United States. On the same...more

SolarWorld Files New Anti-Dumping and Anti-Subsidy Cases against China and Taiwan Solar Cells

On December 31, 2013, SolarWorld Industries America Inc. petitioned the Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission to begin antidumping investigations against the People’s Republic of China and Taiwan and a...more

The World Energy Outlook Report 2013: A Review of the Recalibration of Global Energy Demand Over the Next 20 Years

The International Energy Agency (IEA) World Energy Outlook Report 2013 (the “Report”), which was published last week, projects that global energy demand is likely to increase by one third by 2035 with low carbon energy...more

EU Court Orders Disclosure of Proprietary Information on Chemical Substance; May Impact Disclosure Laws Abroad

The General Court of the European Union (EU) recently delivered a judgment requiring the disclosure of proprietary information related to a pesticide ingredient. The Court’s decision may affect companies that have previously...more

Environmental Challenges to Exporting Coal from the United States

Chesapeake Climate Action Network v. Export-Import Bank of the United States highlights how failure to follow the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 can result in delays to coal export endeavors. As recent news...more

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

Is New England Moving Towards Importing Canadian Hydro as a Counterweight to Its Reliance on Natural Gas? Updates from the...

Back in June, I noted that the New England states had tasked the New England States Committee on Electricity (“NESCOE”) with exploring the possibility of importing more large-scale Canadian hydro into New England. Earlier...more

Asia Pactific: Renewable Energy & Climate Change Group

In This Issue: - Renewable Energy Sector Overview – Asia Pacific - Japan’s renewable energy feed-in tariff regime - South African REIPP Programme – Lessons Learned To Date - Tariffs Kick-Start Japanese...more

Japan Continues to Offer Electric Vehicle Incentives

Many countries around the world are struggling to build a strong electric vehicle (EV) industry. The actual sales of EV’s are far below the target number of many governments....more

EU Environment Report - July/August 2013

In this issue: - Chemicals: ..European Chemicals Agency consults on BPA classification ..Norway proposes to restrict decaBDE ..Danish register of goods containing nanomaterials -...more

Are You Registered in Brazil?

There are many exciting upcoming events in Brazil: the World Cup next year, the Olympics in 2016, and although certainly not as well known, some very interesting developments in information management are taking place at the...more

EP III: an open pit for finance? The impact of the Equator Principles on the industry’s environmental and social performance

The Equator Principles (EP) is a risk management framework, adopted by financial institutions, for determining, assessing and managing environmental and social risk. EP applies globally to all industry sectors and covers...more

NJ Court Broadly Interprets Consumer Contract Protection Statute

NJ Court Broadly Interprets Consumer Contract Protection Statute by Christine M. Vanek on August 12, 2013 Discount restaurant coupons purchased online qualify as contracts under the state’s consumer protection statute,...more

EU/China Solar Settlement Becomes Effective

A settlement between the European Union (EU) and the Chinese government on the import of photovoltaic solar cells to the EU became effective on August 6, 2013. The settlement resolves a US $27 billion dumping and subsidy...more

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