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Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker

This month’s tracker reflects key initiatives from October 16 - November 15, 2016. During this last reporting period, key developments include: - Argentina’s congress proposes a spate of new initiatives to govern wastes...more

What the Trump Presidency Means for the Environment

To the victor belong the spoils, and President-elect Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential election (get used to it) and Republican Congressional control will significantly impact environmental programs and priorities...more

Morocco's renewable energy ambitions

Deprived of hydrocarbon reserves on its soil, Morocco imports more than 90 per cent of its energy resources. The country has set itself ambitious renewable energy targets and aims to generate more than half of its electrical...more

Green Bonds & Islamic Finance

Green Finance - Green Bonds are a specific sub-set of bonds used for clean energy projects, the vast majority of which are in the area of renewable energy and energy efficiency. Green Bond deals can include other types...more

What is the Future of Emissions Trading?

The impact of increasing greenhouse gas ("GHG") emissions resulting from human activities has driven innovation in market-based solutions, technology development and international law. Approaching the twentieth anniversary of...more

2016 Postelection Regulatory Report

The results of the U.S. presidential election are historic and unanticipated, and they will have significant economic, political, legal and social implications. As we prepare for the Trump presidency, many uncertainties...more

Let the Environmental Trade Wars Begin!

While speculation is rampant regarding just far President Trump will go to roll back progress on climate change in the United States, Nicolas Sarkozy has fired what might be called a metaphorical shot across Trump’s bow. In...more

Saudi Arabia Takes First Steps to Privatise US$50 Billion of Water Sector Assets

Ali Al-Hazmi Appointed Governor of Saline Water Conversion Corporation as Kingdom Proceeds with Vision 2030 Privatisation Initiative - The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia last week announced that Ali Al-Hazmi is replacing...more

Is Your Waste Coming or Going? EPA Revises Hazardous Waste Export-Import Rules and Reforms Generator Rules

In late October 2016, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) adopted two final rules that will very shortly change procedures for those who export or import Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)...more

Post-Election Update 2016

The 2016 election results have significant implications for companies across a wide range of industry sectors. From environmental policy to financial services to tax reform, President-elect Trump has committed to sweeping...more

SEC releases RfP for 2 solar projects – first of many opportunities for IPP and IWP developers

Against a backdrop of persistently soft oil prices, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is pivoting away from the direct procurement of generation capacity and re-invigorating the privately-financed IPP model. As input costs fall and...more

Phasing out of fossil fuel subsidies: Will G20 leaders agree on deadline?

At the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China, in September 2016, the G20 leaders reaffirmed their commitment to rationalise and phase-out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies that encourage wasteful consumption over the medium term,...more

International trade law and environmental protection – a new era?

The UK’s decision to leave the EU has raised inevitable questions about whether the UK will continue to align itself to European environmental laws and standards or take a divergent path. There is also considerable...more

China’s RoHS 2: Changes and Impacts

On 6 January 2016, the Chinese Government published the new piece of regulatory legislation named "Administrative Measures for Restriction of Use of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Products" also known as...more

Post-Election Congress Returns for Lame-Duck Session What to Expect?

Upon its return on November 14, the House is scheduled to be in session for 16 days during November and December, with the Senate scheduled for 20 days. Much of the legislative work of the lame-duck will occur after the...more

U.S. EPA Issues Final Rule on Hazardous Waste Import & Export - Effective December 31, 2016

On October 28, 2016, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) released a pre-federal register copy of changes to Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulations which will require exporters of...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 290, Professor Samuel Buell on Capital Offenses [Video]

In this episode, I visit with Duke Law School Professor Samuel Buell about his book Capital Offenses-Business Crime and Punishment in America’s Corporate Age. We explore some of his theories on why corporations are so...more

Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker

This month’s tracker reflects key initiatives from September 16 – October 15, 2016. Initiatives to reduce and manage packaging wastes appear to be gaining traction, particularly in Argentina, which enacted a new...more

EPA Revises Hazardous Waste Import-Export Rules

On October 28, 2016, the Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signed a rule finalizing significant modifications to the requirements governing the export and import of hazardous waste. The...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 288-Alison Taylor on the future of stakeholder engagement [Video]

In today’s podcast I chat with Alison Taylor, Director of Advisory Services at BSR, a global nonprofit organization that works with its network of more than 250 member companies and other partners to build a just and...more

Legal update on the renewable energy sector in Norway

The Norwegian power industry is rapidly changing as the market transits from a reliance on fossil fuel to renewable energy projects. Although energy prices currently are low compared to earlier years, there is heavy demand...more

Brexit Bulletin: Issues That Firms Should Be Considering Now

Four months have passed since the UK voted to leave the EU. We are still some way from knowing the likely terms of a post-Brexit agreement, even if the Conservative Party conference and other recent statements have given some...more

Update on the regulation of the Moroccan electricity sector

As host of the upcoming COP22, Morocco has been pursuing the liberalisation of its energy sector. On 4 May 2016, Morocco's House of Counsellors adopted the law No.48-15 (the "Law") in order to regulate the electricity sector...more

Paris Agreement to Enter into Force: Implications for Enforcement in the United States and Internationally

Global policy on climate change and greenhouse gas regulation is poised to take a significant step forward as the Paris Agreement (“Agreement”) enters into force just before international climate negotiations resume in...more

EPA Report Addresses Voluntary Strategies for Reducing Air Pollution at U.S. Ports

As part of its initiative to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gases at U.S. ports, the EPA recently released a report that assesses strategies for pollution control and sustainable growth. The “National Port Strategy...more

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