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The implications of the transition to a ‘circular economy’, and overview of the content and current status of draft EU...

In this client alert we discuss the implications of the transition to a ‘circular economy’ for producers of, and traders in, raw and/or recycled materials of all kinds, manufacturers of products and actors in all stages of...more

Russian Legislation Update: May 2016

Currency Control - On 13 April the Government adopted Resolution No. 300 regarding, among other things, currency control bodies. Due to the abolishment of the Federal Service for Fiscal and Budgetary Supervision,...more

What We Have Here is a Failure to Communicate (in the Workplace)

For the third consecutive year, OSHA’s second most cited violation was for failure to comply with the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS). The HCS was promulgated in 1983 and requires chemical manufacturers and importers to...more

European Commission Gives Portugal Two Months To Address Issues With Biofuel Law Compliance

On April 28, 2016, the European Commission (EC) encouraged Portugal to become fully compliant with the Renewable Energy Directive (Directive) through the release of an April infringements fact sheet. The Directive has set the...more

Navigating the Green Bonds markets in China

China’s climate change objectives under the Paris Agreement will require it to invest a massive amount of capital into growing its domestic renewable energy generation, as well as invest in other emissions-reducing efforts....more

Key Developments in The Photovoltaic Sector in Italy

In Depth - In 2015, solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in Italy generated 24,676 GWh of electricity, representing 9.1 per cent of Italy’s domestic electricity production and 7.8 per cent of the country’s overall...more

Investing in renewable energy projects in Europe

Europe has seen a renewables surge in the last decade, with green power capacity doubling in the last five years alone. And this flood shows few signs of abating, with Europe1 set to welcome nearly 843 GW of additional...more

EU NanoSafety Cluster Publishes “Closer to the Market” Roadmap

On April 19, 2016, the European Union (EU) NanoSafety Cluster announced the availability of the “Closer to the Market” Roadmap (CTTM). The NanoSafety Cluster states that the CTTM is a “multi-dimensional, stepwise plan...more

PF Newsletter: Solar in Sub-Saharan Africa

With capital costs falling and the technology ever improving, concentrating solar power (CSP) and solar photovoltaic (PV) technologies present increasingly enticing investment opportunities for a number of emerging economies;...more

PF Newsletter: The Global Oil Economy

With a sustained fall in crude oil prices since June 2014 — around US$40 per barrel at the time of writing (and as low as US$27 early in 2016) — our conventional understanding of the global oil economy continues to be...more

NGOs Call for Actions, Not Words, from the EC on Nanotechnology

On April 26, 2016, a group of non-governmental organizations (NGO), consumer groups, and research organizations issued a press release expressing “disappointment with the European Commission’s [(EC)] continuing failure to...more

Maritime greenhouse gas emissions – update on the outcome of MEPC 69

In our March alert on this subject, we looked ahead to the 69th meeting in London of the Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) (MEPC 69). MEPC 69 has now taken...more

U.S. EPA OIG to Review EPA’s Inspections and Enforcement Actions Related to Illegal Pesticide Imports

In an April 22 memorandum, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its intent to begin preliminary research to assess the EPA’s inspections of, and enforcement...more

Global Energy Game Changers

The global energy sector is undergoing a dramatic transformation. Advanced technologies, distributed networks and new regulations in nearly every subsector have strangled yesterday's business models. Foundational elements...more

Dialogue on Carbon Pricing and the World Bank Spring Meetings with Citizens Climate Lobby at S&W

On April 14, S&W hosted a stakeholder dialogue sponsored by the Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL), Partnership for Change and the Nobel Peace Prize Forum as a part of the ancillary discussions surrounding the spring International...more

Registration Now Open for 2016 U.S.-EU: Bridging NanoEHS Research Efforts Joint Workshop

Registration is now open for the June 6-7, 2016, U.S.-European Union (EU) “Bridging NanoEHS Research Efforts” joint workshop. The workshop will bring together the U.S.-EU Communities of Research (COR), which serve as a...more

Renewable Alert Letter 25: Introduction of Listed Renewable Energy Funds

Procedures began in April 2016 for the long awaited listing of the first infrastructure fund on the Tokyo Stock Exchange targeted at investments in renewable energy plants and other infrastructure facilities. Among the...more

I Wish for a Happy Earth Day

April 22nd marked Earth Day, an annual celebration of environmentalism. The headline event of Earth Day 2016 was having 175 countries sign the Paris Agreement, which represents a global commitment to reducing greenhouse gas...more

Effect of Energy Policy Bills on Natural Gas Exports

Legislative Update. On April 20, the U.S. Senate passed broad legislation that covers many different aspects of the energy and environmental sectors, including changes to streamline the approval process for the export of...more

The Senate Acts to Modernize Energy Policy and Increase U.S. Exports of Liquefied Natural Gas

For the first time in almost a decade, the Senate passed by a vote of 85-12 a bipartisan, broad based energy bill. The Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016 (S. 2012) focuses on all forms of energy production and policies,...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

Renewable Energy In Russia: Recent Developments

Russia recently introduced procedures for the transfer of a power generating company’s rights and obligations under long-term capacity agreements for future projects that use capacity payments to secure a return on...more

Private Equity Goes Green

In December 2015, world leaders met to negotiate the Paris Agreement. Setting aside whether the Paris Agreement goes too far, not far enough or is just right, one cannot dispute that government commitments to limit an...more

European Organizations Issue Declaration on Waste Containing Nanomaterials

On April 13, 2016, the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), the European Environmental Citizens’ Organization for Standardization (ECOS), and the Oeko-Institut issued a press release announcing the availability...more

EU to Fast-Track 2030 Climate and Energy Policy Post-COP 21

The Paris Agreement, adopted by 195 countries following the 21st session of the Conference of Parties (COP 21), is the first multilateral agreement on climate change that covers almost all of the world’s emissions. The Paris...more

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