Climate Change

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EU Nations Extend Electric Car Rebates, Consider New Ones

While Europe has been the land of small diesels for decades, air quality concerns and consideration of fossil fuels’ impact on global warming has led EU nations to offer incentives to purchasers of electric vehicles. In...more

Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker

This month’s tracker reflects key initiatives from December 15, 2015 – January 15, 2016. Happy New Year! Although activity typically slows down over the holidays, the New Year is off to a fast start, signaling what will...more

What Are Green Bonds?

“Green Bonds” are a relatively new trend in the bond market. They offer investors an opportunity to invest in “green projects” that help mitigate climate change. Categories of green projects include renewable energy, energy...more

What Does COP-21 Mean for Business?

6 Answers From Around the Globe - The historic COP-21 Paris Agreement on climate change is the first major development in the climate area at the international level since adoption of the Kyoto Protocol in...more

Energy & Environment Update - January 2016 #3

Energy and Climate Debate - The winter weather postponed much congressional and Administrative action on energy, environment, and other issues this week, but the Senate has now officially begun floor debate on the first...more

Kamala Harris Puts Exxon Under Her Microscope: California AG Reportedly Has Launched Review of Oil Giant’s Statements On Climate...

Students of history know that fighting a two front war is a hazard to be avoided. According to the L.A. Times, however, that is precisely the dilemma that now faces Exxon Mobil: dual investigations from attorneys general on...more

Energy Sector Alert Series: A Legislative Outlook

Over the next eight weeks, we will provide a broad look at current and emerging issues facing the energy sector in a series of alerts. In this series, attorneys from across the firm will discuss issues ranging from...more

Energy & Environment Update - January 2016 #2

Energy and Climate Debate - As Washington prepares for snow, energy issues continue to heat up in the second session of the 114th Congress. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chair Lisa Murkowski (R-AK),...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 1.25.16

So the bull market may be on its way out of town after a nearly 7-year stretch [care to jump on the “blame the Fed” bandwagon?], but even when combined with usual predictors like declines in industrial production and...more

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - January 2016

A Note from the Editors - Our January edition of Energy Technology Connections brings you recent industry highlights, the latest news from Capitol Hill, and a list of upcoming energy industry events. In Leaders in the...more

Massachusetts Updates Its Climate Song: I Can Get By With A Little Help From My (Canadian) Friends

Earlier this week, Massachusetts released its updated Massachusetts Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2020. The headline for the press release was “Massachusetts on Track to Meet 25% Greenhouse Gas Reduction Target for...more

Washington State Department of Ecology Proposes GHG Limits in “Clean Air Rule”

The Washington Department of Ecology (“Ecology”) kicked off what promises to be a busy year in state-level greenhouse gas (“GHG”) regulation by releasing a first draft of the Washington Clean Air Rule (the “Rule” or the...more

New regulations will oblige owners of buildings in Scotland to improve or report on energy efficiency of buildings

Section 63 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 provides for regulations to be made for: (1) the assessment of the energy performance of existing non-domestic buildings and greenhouse gas emissions from such buildings;...more

Does the Paris Agreement Provide EPA With Authority Under the CAA To Impose EconomyWide GHG Controls? Count Me Skeptical

In a very interesting article, Michael Burger of the Sabin Center and his co-authors suggest that, following the Paris climate agreement, § 115 of the Clean Air Act provides authority for EPA to develop economy-wide GHG...more

Energy Insights: An Update from the Fourth Quarter of 2015

In this edition of Seyfarth Shaw’s Energy Insights Newsletter, our Energy and Clean Technologies team covers important developments in Q4 2015 for the energy industry including collateral tax benefits granted to YieldCos, the...more

New Flood Hazard Maps Released for Boston

After several years of study and an appeal by the City of Boston, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has updated Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for Boston, Chelsea, Revere and Winthrop, which become effective...more

Renewable Energy Update - January 2016 #2

Renewable Energy Focus - Clean Energy Got a Record $330 Billion in Investment Last Year - Fortune - Jan 14 Despite the plunge in oil prices, investors and governments around the world put $330 billion into clean...more

Trade & Manufacturing - January 2016

Important Decisions Reached in Nairobi at the WTO’s 10th Ministerial Conference - On December 19, the World Trade Organization (WTO) concluded its 10th Ministerial Conference in Nairobi, Kenya. The Ministerial...more

A CHANGE OF CLIMATE COP21 debrief from Paris - Key take-aways and how businesses can get involved (Asia Pacific)

Since the momentous Paris Agreement was officially adopted in the final weeks of 2015, there have been many celebrations and comments made globally. Before COP21, we sent you our predictions for the Paris Agreement and...more

Energy Newsletter - January 2016

On 12 December 2015, nearly 200 countries reached an agreement that many have described as a historic turning point for global cooperation in addressing climate change. This article looks at the key elements of the Paris...more

Energy & Environment Update - January 2016

Energy and Climate Debate - Following weeks of intense negotiations, Congress approved the $1.1 trillion omnibus appropriations and $680 billion tax extenders package (H.R. 2029), which includes a long-term extension and...more

Climate and energy in 2016 State of the Union

President Obama delivered his final State of the Union address on January 12, 2016. The White House has posted his remarks as prepared for delivery to Congress. Climate change, and related energy and environmental issues,...more

Previewing climate and energy in 2016 State of the Union

President Obama is scheduled to deliver his final State of the Union address on January 12, 2016. As in previous years, he is likely to address climate change, energy and environmental issues. What will the 2016 State of the...more

The Paris Agreement – leading the pathway to a low carbon economy

The agreement adopted on 12 December 2015 in Paris by 195 countries, plus the European Union (the “Paris Agreement”), aims to limit the adverse effects of climate change. The ink was barely dry before the debate opened up as...more

World Leaders Reach Climate Change Agreement in Paris

On December 12, nearly 200 countries reached an agreement that many have described as a historic turning point for global cooperation in addressing climate change. This article looks at the key elements of the Paris...more

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