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China Sustains Green Bonds Momentum

Green bonds, which tie the proceeds of the issuance to investments that have positive environmental and/or climate benefits, are a rapidly growing asset class. Recent figures have corroborated the narrative of growth...more

China Ramps Up Renewables

China has made notable strides to transition towards a lower-carbon economy. Most recently, local authorities were ordered to halt construction of coal-fired power plants in 13 provinces where capacity already outstrips...more

Ontario Announces Significant Climate Change, Cap-and-Trade, GHG Emissions Legislative Developments

On May 18, 2016, the Ontario government (Government) passed the Climate Change Mitigation and Low-carbon Economy Act, 2016 (Act). The Government says that the Act’s objective is to make the province accountable for...more

Alberta’s Bill 20: Climate Leadership Implementation Act

The Alberta Government introduced Bill 20, the Climate Leadership Implementation Act, on May 24, 2016. The Bill proposes a carbon levy on fuel consumption and marks the Government’s first step towards executing Alberta’s...more

Climate change Regulation Starts to Take Shape in Washington State

In 2015, the Washington Legislature failed to act on Governor Jay Inslee’s cap-and-trade proposal to limit the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change. Since then, all branches of Washington State government, as...more

China One of First Countries to Sign Paris Agreement

China, along with leaders from more than 150 countries, signed the Paris Climate Change Agreement in New York on April 22, 2016. New York Signing Update - Following final negotiation on December 12, 2015, April 22,...more

Alberta Budget 2016: Climate Leadership Plan Implementation

Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan (Plan) was released on November 22, 2015. The Plan represented a dramatic and fundamental shift in Alberta’s approach to climate change and greenhouse gas (GHG) issues, including to achieve...more

A Substantive Due Process Right to Climate Change Regulation? What’s a Lonely Apostle of Judicial Restraint To Do?

Late last week, Magistrate Judge Thomas Coffin concluded that the most recent public trust case, which seeks an injunction requiring the United States to take actions to reduce atmospheric CO2 concentrations to 350 parts per...more

U.S. and China Pledge to Sign Paris Climate Accord on April 22

Last week, President Barack Obama and China’s President Xi Jinping announced that their two countries would sign the global climate accord on April 22. Senior U.S. officials noted that the commitment to cut carbon emissions...more

Maritime GHG emissions: The Paris Agreement, an IMO MRV and ‘market-based measures’ – looking forward to MEPC 69

Tackling greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) from international shipping: as the Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) gears up for its 69th meeting in London starting...more

Budget Announcements: CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme to be Abolished and Climate Change Levy To Be Raised

It has been announced in today’s Budget that the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC) will be abolished from 2019 and the Climate Change Levy (CCL) will be raised to compensate. The announcement comes following a...more

Ontario Announces Climate Change Mitigation and Low Carbon Economy Act and the Cap-and-Trade Program Regulations

The Ontario government (Government) has taken significant steps in its fight against climate change by introducing two significant pieces of climate change legislation: - The Climate Change Mitigation and Low Carbon...more

U.S. Supreme Court Challenges EPA and Weighs into the Climate Change Debate --- Observations and Implications

In a potential blow to EPA and President Barack Obama’s legacy on climate change (that was softened with Supreme Court Justice’s passing on February 13, 2015) the U.S. Supreme Court --in an unprecedented and extraordinary...more

Would the Supreme Court Stay EPA’s Clean Power Plan Today?

The senior-most U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Antonin Scalia, passed away on February 13, 2016 just days after the Supreme Court, by a slim 5 to 4 majority, stayed the EPA’s enforcement of the Clean Power Plan. Among other...more

Obama's Clean Power Plan Rule Halted By SCOTUS

On February 9, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) took an unprecedented step by halting the implementation of the Obama Administration's federal regulation to control carbon dioxide emissions, generally...more

Supreme Court Delays Climate Control Regs

In an unprecedented action, the U.S. Supreme Court has stayed implementation of the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan regulations. The case is now under review by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, with a...more

Supreme Court Blocks Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan

On February 9, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States issued an unprecedented grant of applications to stay the Clean Power Plan, President Obama’s signature climate change rule. The rule is being challenged in the U.S....more

Supreme Court Stays Clean Power Plan

In a highly unusual action, the United States Supreme Court yesterday issued a stay prohibiting the implementation of the "Clean Power Plan," a final regulation issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") on...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

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

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

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

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - December 2015

A Note from the Editors - Our December edition of Energy Technology Connections brings you recent industry highlights, the latest news from Capitol Hill, and a list of upcoming energy industry events. First, we feature...more

The Paris Agreement: Ac-cent-tchu-ate The Positive

So COP21 resulted in an agreement. What’s a poor in-the-trenches lawyer to make of it? I think it’s pretty clearly a major step forward and reflects much more substantive progress than might have been expected. For a very...more

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