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RGGI states propose tighter carbon budget

by PretiFlaherty on

The nine states participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative have announced consensus on proposed revisions to that program that would provide a further 30% reduction in the regional limit on emissions by 2030,...more

If China Can Cap-and-Trade Auto Fuel, Why Can’t We?

Bloomberg reported earlier this week that: China will soon unveil a mandatory cap-and-trade credit program for electric cars, starting the countdown for carmakers to be in compliance with stricter rules on emissions and...more

EPA Given Additional Time to Ponder Next Steps on Clean Power Plan as Court Grants Another Stay

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Over the last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit stayed two high-profile litigations concerning the regulation of carbon dioxide emissions from new and existing coal-fired power plants. By...more

California post-2020 GHG Regulation Debate: Compromise Passed Both Houses with a Two-Thirds Vote

by Reed Smith on

To achieve its goals of reducing greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions linked to global warming, California relies upon a number of programs and policies, including a system of capping total GHG emissions from regulated source,...more

Electrification of the Auto Industry Steps on the Gas

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On the heels of Volkswagen announcing moves toward electrifying its vehicle fleet, and Tesla beginning its production run of its highly anticipated Model 3, several other recent developments show momentum continuing to build...more

Life After Paris: Global Change at a Local Level

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The scientific community largely accepts that the climate is changing, and that there is a “greater than 95 percent” chance that we are the cause. In late 2015, nations around the world gathered in Paris to attempt to combat...more

Up in the Air - Will EPA rulemaking on carbon emission design standards for aircraft be the next Obama climate initiative on the...

Trump Administration officials followed up on the President’s June 1 announcement of U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate accord by announcing that the Administration was reviewing U.S. participation in ICAO’s global...more

Some Will Always Have Paris: Withdrawal from the Climate Change Accord May Not Reduce the Heat on the Health Care Industry

President Trump’s decision earlier this month to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement—an international, nonbinding agreement to take steps to limit global temperature rise—followed a series of moves at the...more

Exxon Mobil Shareholders Push for Climate Policy Risk Disclosure

A new trend is emerging among the country’s most influential fossil fuel investors: a demand for climate change accountability and progress towards a low-carbon economy. On May 31, 2017, a vote among Exxon Mobil’s...more

A Hodgepodge of Action and Thought on Climate Change

by Burr & Forman on

While the Trump Administration has taken steps to dismantle or revise many of the Obama Administration’s actions regarding climate change, there are conflicting opinions within the Administration and key businesses about the...more

Alberta to Restrict Compliance Options for Large Industrial Emitters: Smart Policy or Government Windfall?

On March 3, 2017, Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) released a policy decision (Decision) affecting industrial facilities (Facilities) that emit more than 100,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) per year. The Decision...more

GOP Senior Statesmen Call for Carbon Tax

A group of Republican senior statesmen is calling for a carbon tax to fight climate change. Led by former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, former Secretary of State George P. Shultz and former Secretary of Treasury...more

The Conservative Uphill Slog for a Carbon Tax

Earlier this week, the Climate Leadership Council rolled out The Conservative Case for Carbon Dividends (note the absence of the “T” word in that title!). It’s a serious proposal and, if we lived in a world of facts, rather...more

China’s Proposed National Carbon Market and Opportunities for Cooperation with Canada

While there is some uncertainty on how the U.S. climate strategy will evolve under a Trump presidency, a number of new carbon emissions regulations and control strategies continue to be developed throughout the world, notably...more

Clean Power Plan's Future in Jeopardy Under Trump

by Holland & Knight LLP on

During his campaign, President-Elect Donald Trump vowed to scrap President Obama's Clean Power Plan (CPP) rule. The CPP is the cornerstone of President Obama's environmental legacy. The rule establishes the first national...more

Rethinking Stakeholder Engagement for the New Millennium – Part I

by Thomas Fox on

What does stakeholder engagement mean in the 21st century? How has the topic gained such traction over the past few years? What is the role of the compliance professional in stakeholder engagement? How does increased...more

Biofrontiers Platform Releases Policy Recommendations For EU’S 2030 Climate Goals

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On October 11, 2016, the Biofrontiers platform, a group of industry and civil society stakeholders brought together by the European Climate Foundation, released policy recommendations for the European Union’s (EU) 2030...more

What a Surprise! Increased Renewal Energy Decreases GHG Emissions.

On October 12, 2016, the Energy Information Administration reported that “Energy-related CO2 emissions for first six months of 2016 are lowest since 1991.” The EIA gave three reasons for the drop in CO2 emissions. ...more

First ever global regime for aviation emissions: ICAO adopts Global Market-Based Measure to combat aircraft CO2 emissions

by Reed Smith on

On Friday, 7th October the General Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) passed a resolution (the ICAO Resolution), resolving to implement the world’s first global regime for combatting CO2...more

Aviation emissions – new global deal looks likely

by Dentons on

Government officials are negotiating a market-based mechanism to reduce emissions in the international aviation industry. Ministers from over 190 countries have gathered at the International Civil Aviation Organization’s...more

Clean Power Plan has its day in court - Will the D.C. Circuit uphold EPA’s landmark CO2 regulations?

by Dentons on

In a marathon day-long session before a packed courtroom (and a number of overflow rooms) on Tuesday, September 27, 2016, the full US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit heard oral arguments in a litigation challenging the...more

California’s New Climate Change Laws Tighten Limits on GHG, Increase Legislative Oversight of CARB

by Perkins Coie on

California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law last week two controversial anti-climate change bills that will tighten greenhouse gas (GHG) limits by 40% and increase legislative supervision of the California Air Resources...more

Planning, Tendering and Closing Global District Energy Projects

by King & Spalding on

The district energy industry has received a global boost through a global initiative supported by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The UNEP has called for governments, state owned enterprises and procuring...more

White House Issues Final Guidance on Consideration of Greenhouse Gas Emissions in NEPA Reviews

by Holland & Knight LLP on

After more than six years of review and the issuance of several draft guidance documents, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) published on Aug. 5, 2016, its final guidance on considering greenhouse gas...more

Green Bonds: Green Striping to Fuel China’s Green Economy?

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

China has become the world’s largest green bond market, with green bonds issued in the first half of 2016 reaching 75 billion yuan (US$11 billion), 33% of the world total. This figure is approximately two percent of the total...more

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