Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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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

Updates to CEQA Guidelines for Transportation Impacts Analysis Under SB 743

On January 20, 2016, the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (“OPR”) released a revised draft of thresholds for measuring transportation impacts under the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”). These draft...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 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

OPR Releases Revised Proposed CEQA Guidelines Amendment To Implement SB 743 Traffic Analysis Mandates

The evolution of CEQA traffic impacts analysis from level of service (LOS) methodology to a vehicle miles traveled (VMT) analysis continues apace. The latest step in this revolutionary paradigm shift was the January 20, 2016...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - January 2016 #4

Environmental and Policy Focus - States ask Supreme Court to block Obama carbon emissions plan - Reuters - Jan 26 - A group of states led by West Virginia and Texas asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stay...more

RGGI states comment on Clean Power Plan

The nine Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) have submitted joint comments to the United States Environmental Protection Agency in connection with its Clean...more

Environmental Policy Quarterly

Welcome to the Winter 2016 edition of Environmental Policy Quarterly, published jointly by the Environmental, Land and Natural Resources Practice Group and the Public Policy and Law Practice Group of K&L Gates. This...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

EPA Proposes To Establish Minor New Source Review Requirements And To Disapprove Severable Portions Of SIPs

On January 11, 2016, EPA published a Proposed Rule in the Federal Register proposing to establish Minor New Source Review permitting requirements for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and to disapprove severable portions of 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

Current Developments Affecting Hydraulic Fracturing Operations (January 2016)

With most state legislative sessions in recess and federal legislative action unlikely until after the November 2016 election, it was no surprise that there were only a handful of new developments in the fracking world during...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

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 & 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

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

The 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change

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

Legal Trends: Renewable Energy

A recent Clean Energy Canada study concluded that investment in renewable energy in Canada increased at a dramatic rate of 88 per cent from 2013 to 2014, representing an aggregate investment of more than C$10.7-billion in...more

Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker

After a fall busy with climate change initiatives in advance of the Paris negotiations, recent proposals reflect a resurgence of waste and product take-back initiatives. Key among these are the repeal and revision of Peru’s...more

COP21 Accord Set to Make Waves in Energy Industry

The 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change concluded last month with the approval of a landmark climate accord that seeks to combat climate change on a global level. The...more

Legal Trends: Oil & Gas

As depressed oil prices continue to dominate the headlines and natural-gas prices hover near record lows, sustained low commodity prices have had a cascading effect on the industry, compelling companies to fundamentally alter...more

What Two Recent California Supreme Court Rulings Mean for Analysis of Environmental Impact at Project Sites and Greenhouse Gas...

The California Supreme Court recently issued two important decisions involving the interpretation of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The first finds that agencies generally are not required to evaluate the...more

Supreme Engagement: CEQA’s Continuing Saga In California’s High Court

A new year often brings fresh perspective. With 2016 still in its infancy, it is natural to reflect back on what has been and also to contemplate what is yet to come. The California Supreme Court’s recent CEQA decisions, and...more

Carbon Matters - Autumn/Winter 2015-16

At the end of November, delegates from 195 countries, and the EU, met at Le Bourget Airport outside Paris, for the 21st Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC Treaty, and the 11th Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto...more

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