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Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration Reauthorized

The newly enacted legislation further bolsters PHMSA’s growing oversight of storage and pipeline transport facilities. On June 22, US President Barack Obama signed the Protecting Our Infrastructure of Pipelines and...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - June 2016 #2

Environmental and Policy Focus - Appellate court temporarily blocks Delta island sale - Sacramento Bee - Jun 7 - The California Third District Court of Appeal on Tuesday granted a temporary stay blocking...more

Ontario Announces Five-Year Climate Change Action Plan

On June 8, 2016, the Ontario government (Government) released a five-year Climate Change Action Plan (Action Plan), which builds on the Government’s Climate Change Strategy released in November 2015, that set the long-term...more

Sustainable Development Update - June 2016 #2

Sustainable Development Focus - There's a way to invest in a cleaner environment, and the market is booming - Business Insider - Jun 6 - Summer is coming, and green bonds are blooming. Issuers of such bonds...more

Ploughing the Same Furrow: EPA Proposes 2017 Renewable Fuel Volumes Using the Methodology From its Previous Rule

On May 31, 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published in the Federal Register its proposed 2017 volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), an ever-controversial program established by Congress to spur the...more

Sustainable Development Update - June 2016

Sustainable Development Focus - Solar microgrid to ‘green’ Port of Los Angeles - Microgrid Knowledge - May 30 - The Port of Los Angeles, North America’s largest port, plans to install a $26.6 million solar...more

Alberta Announces Bill 20 – The Climate Leadership Implementation Act

On May 24, 2016 the Alberta government introduced Bill 20 – Climate Leadership Implementation Act (the CLIA). The CLIA establishes the legislative framework for Alberta's new carbon tax (referred to in the CLIA as the carbon...more

News of Note in IP

Each week, Sheppard Mullin brings you News of Note in IP: The latest news in the IP-related fields of technology, privacy, fashion, advertising, music, and social media, curated by our IP team. Here are some of the stories...more

Renewable Energy Update - May 2015 #3

Renewable Energy Focus - Voter support for clean energy policies up since last presidential election - Solar Industry Magazine - May 18 - A new survey by Lazard Ltd., a financial advisory and asset management...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

KLM Uses Neste Renewable Jet Fuels For Oslo To Amsterdam Flights

On April 18, 2016, Neste, BRAG member, announced that KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will be using a fuel blend containing Neste Renewable Jet Fuel for a series of flights from Oslo to Amsterdam....more

Developing a Business Case for Renewable Energy at Airports

The Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) recently released Report 151: Developing a Business Case for Renewable Energy at Airports (the Report). Foley partner David Bannard is a co-author of the Report, assisting lead...more

Renewable Energy Update - April 2016 #3

Renewable Energy Focus - Solar thermal legislation advances in California - Solar Industry Magazine - Apr 14 - In a 10-2 vote this Wednesday, the California Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee passed...more

Cleantech and Transportation Intersect in the 2017 U.S. Federal Budget Proposal

With the federal budget process for FY2017 and related appropriation discussions expected to heat up over the next couple of months, the previously announced 21st Century Clean Transportation Plan (the “CTP”) continues to be...more

China’s 13th Five-Year Plan – Planning for a Greener Economy

China’s 13th Five-Year Plan – Planning for a Greener Economy - Last month China’s thirteenth “Five-Year Plan” (FYP13) was approved, setting out a social and economic development blueprint for the country for the next...more

Short-Term Reauthorization of FAA Programs Potentially Paves the Way For Omitted Energy Credit Extenders

As discussed in our post on March 16, the Congressional extension of the Production Tax Credit (PTC) under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 45 and the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) under IRC Section 48 in December 2015...more

China Auto Regulatory Trends 2016: New-Energy, Materials Restrictions, Recalls and Emissions Figure Prominently

China has launched or announced a significant number of regulatory initiatives in the automotive sector over the first months of 2016. I have selected a number of regulatory initiatives representing such trends, below, from...more

Fines Issued to California Businesses that Hire or Dispatch Trucks and Heavy Equipment

The California Air Resources Board (“CARB”) is stepping up enforcement of the emission limits for heavy duty trucks by auditing companies that hire or dispatch those vehicles. Several California businesses have recently been...more

Renewable Energy Update - March 2016 #2

Renewable Energy Focus - United Airlines takes off with biofuel - Los Angeles Times - Mar 13 - A Boeing 737 jet that took off from Los Angeles International Airport last week looked like most other planes...more

Boeing, Aeromexico, And Mexico’s Airports And Auxiliary Services Join To Develop Aviation Biofuels

On February 24, 2016, Boeing, Aeromexico, and Mexico's Airports and Auxiliary Services (ASA) announced the start of a collaboration to advance research and development of sustainable biojet fuel in Mexico. The program will...more

Aviation Emissions - what next?

Aviation and shipping account for around 5 per cent of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. So it is surprising there is no global system to oversee or limit greenhouse gas emissions from these sectors. However, during...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - March 2016

Environmental and Policy Focus - Marin assemblymember proposes Australian water trading market approach to address drought - Marin Independent Journal - Feb 29 State Assemblymember Marc Levine, D-Marin County, has...more

White House Completes Review of Wastewater Barge Pre-Rule

The Obama administration has completed its review of the Coast Guard’s pre-rule on the bulk transport of wastewater from hydraulic fracturing operations. The pre-rule itself has not been released, but its title (“Carriage of...more

Good Automotive Emissions News

There certainly has been plenty of bad emissions news in the past few months in the Automotive Industry. How about some good news? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently reported that “Automakers Beat...more

Aircraft Emissions Controls Due for Adoption, But Potential Court Challenges Loom

In our September 2014 Alert, we advised that that U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”), under pressure from non-governmental organizations (“NGOs”), planned to issue a Clean Air Act Section 231 “endangerment finding”...more

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