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The EU Winter Package Briefing Paper

Clean energy for all Europeans - On 30 November 2016 the Commission published its so-called ‘Winter Package’ of eight proposals to facilitate the transition to a ‘clean energy economy’ and to reform the design and...more

CIPO shines spotlight on patenting in climate change mitigation technologies

With the Paris climate agreement having recently come into effect, climate change mitigation technologies have been the focus of widespread discussion and debate. The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) has added to...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

Climate Change Will Increase Peak Energy Demand By More Than We Thought: More Storage, Perhaps?

In an interesting study just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the authors predict that climate change will have a more significant impact on peak energy demand than had previously been...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

Modern Industrial Strategy: Will the Environment Get Left Behind?

The UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published a Green Paper on 23 January 2017, setting out the building blocks for the UK’s modern industrial strategy. Described by Theresa May as a “critical...more

"US Corporate Governance: Will Private Ordering Trump Political Change?"

In the weeks following the U.S. presidential election, companies and investors enjoyed a stock market rally fueled by expectations concerning tax cuts, increased government spending and significant deregulation. While the...more

Climate Change Reporting: Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures

At the end of last year, the Task Force on Climaterelated Financial Disclosures (the Task Force) published its Recommendations Report on climate change related financial disclosures. The 32-member Task Force was...more

Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker

This month’s tracker reflects key initiatives from December 16, 2016 – January 15, 2017. Greetings! While there was some slowdown in regulatory activity towards the end of the year, as usual, there were also some fairly...more

Climate Change Hits EPA: 30 Pending Regulations Frozen

In accordance with direction from the Trump administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) has published a final rulemaking delaying the effective date of 30 pending regulations until at least March 21,...more

Oregon Federal Court Issues Remarkable Decision Finding Constitutional Right to Stable Climate

On November 10, 2016, a federal district judge in Oregon issued a remarkable decision in which she found that a climate system “capable of sustaining human life” is a fundamental constitutional right. Juliana v. United States...more

Renewable Energy Update - January 2017 #4

Renewable Energy Focus - Treasury nominee backs existing phaseout of the wind energy tax credit - Greentech Media - Jan 24 - Amid the flurry of news leading up to the inauguration of President Trump,...more

Golden State Forges Ahead With Sweeping Climate Change Regulatory Regime

With federal climate change regulations facing an uncertain future, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) recently released a far-reaching new plan to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 40 percent below...more

National Academy of Sciences Recommends Updated Framework for Social Cost of Carbon Calculations

On January 11, 2017, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) released a report, “Valuing Climate Damages: Updating Estimation of the Social Cost of Carbon Dioxider,” recommending an updated...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - January 2017 #4

Environmental and Policy Focus - As Trump enters White House, California renews climate change fight - Reuters - Jan 20 - California released new measures to fight climate change within minutes of Donald...more

Carbon Matters - Autumn/Winter 2016/2017

The Annual United Nations Climate Change Conference took place in Morocco against a backdrop of optimism and international agreement to move forward towards a low carbon economy – a signi cant shift from previous conferences...more

Will China Become the Global Leader on Climate Change?

Climate change has become a key concern for China in recent years, as evidenced by its pledge to reduce carbon emissions per unit of GDP by 60% from 2015 levels by 2030. As we have previously written, it has also become a...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: expected efforts by the U.S. Congress to repeal the Securities...more

DOI Releases Scoping Report on Coal Leasing Reforms

On January 11, 2017, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) within the Department of the Interior released a scoping report analyzing a wide range of proposed reforms to the federal coal leasing program, administered by the BLM....more

What to Expect in Environmental Regulation for 2017

The inauguration of President Donald J. Trump on Jan. 20 began a period of change expected to include the rollback of programs, withdrawal of regulations, and changes to policy that will affect all aspects of environmental...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - January 2017 #3

Environmental and Policy Focus - Trump EPA pick: still 'some debate' over human role in climate change - The Guardian - Jan 18 - During a combative Senate confirmation hearing this week, Scott Pruitt,...more

Renewable Energy Update - January 2017 #3

Renewable Energy Focus - Study reports climate policies provide $13 billion in economic benefits to San Joaquin Valley - Los Angeles Times - Jan 18 - As California lawmakers prepare for another round of...more

Reminders for Foreign Private Issuers for the 2017 Annual Reporting Season

This memorandum outlines certain considerations for foreign private issuers (FPIs) in preparation for the 2017 annual reporting season. Part I of this memorandum discusses new developments and practical action items for the...more

Environment: The Year Ahead

The year ahead presents a series of challenges and opportunities for the development of environmental law across Europe. Notably, the Paris Agreement came into effect on 4 November 2016 and is now binding upon the signatory...more

Ontario simplifies approval process surrounding air contaminant emissions

The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (“MOECC”) filed the first regulation in Ontario of 2017: Ontario Regulation 1/17 (the “Regulation”). The Regulation simplifies the approval process for certain activities...more

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