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Trump Administration's Budget Blueprint Calls For Significant Impacts to Environmental Programs

The Trump Administration unveiled significant rollbacks in funding for federal agencies when it released its Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again on March 16, 2017. The President's proposed budget priorities would...more

EU Threatens to Bring Shipping Within Its Emissions Trading Scheme Unless the IMO Sets a Target for Reduction of Greenhouse Gas...

Last week the top EU climate official, Jos Delbeke, issued a challenge to the International Maritime Organization (the IMO) to adopt an ambitious target for reduction of emissions as part of the IMO’s planned 2018 strategy on...more

Washington Continues to Consider a Carbon Tax and Defends Clean Air Rule

This is the first installment in the West Coast Carbon Policy Update — Three Part Series, which will examine carbon policies along the West Coast in Washington, Oregon, and California. While federal efforts to reduce...more

Neste Renewable Diesel Reduces GHG Emissions By 6.7 Million Tons

On March 9, 2017, Neste, a member of the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®), announced that its My Renewable Diesel helped reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 6.7 million tons in 2016. The reduction...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

President Trump Orders EPA Review of Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards

One of the more aggressive steps taken by the Obama administration to reduce carbon emissions was to have the EPA set an ambitious target for Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards: 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. In...more

EPA to Reconsider Previous Determination on Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards for Light-Duty Cars and Trucks

On March 15, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the agency and the U.S. Department of Transportation will jointly reconsider EPA’s January 12, 2017 determination not to change greenhouse gas...more

Environmental deregulation under President Trump: Business as usual?

The Trump Administration is expected to issue a high-profile executive order that seeks to eliminate a major Obama-era environmental measure, the Clean Power Plan....more

Sustainable Development Update - March 2017 #2

Sustainable Development Focus - Microsoft tests deep-sea data centers for energy-efficient cooling, security - Construction Dive - Mar 1 - Microsoft researchers have developed undersea data centers that...more

Oklahoma House Votes for Early Sunset of State Wind PTC

On March 9, 2017, Oklahoma’s House of Representatives passed H.B. 2298, which would end the Oklahoma production tax credit for wind energy production three and a half years earlier than current law. This measure was first...more

Going All the Way: California Bill Calls for 100% Renewable

Legislation would require that 100% of California’s electricity be generated from renewable sources by 2045—with an interim goal of 50% generation by the end of 2025....more

Possible New Clean Fuel Standard in Canada

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) is considering the development of a new clean fuels regulation under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999. The purpose of this proposed new regulation is to reduce...more

Sweeping Climate Change Resolution Adopted by California State Water Board

The State Water Resources Control Board this week adopted a resolution containing a comprehensive set of climate change mitigation and adaptation actions to be applied across all actions by the Board and its regional boards....more

EPA Withdraws Oil and Gas Information Collection Request

On March 2, 2017, new EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt made it clear that he will follow through on President Trump's promise to reduce regulatory burdens by withdrawing the Information Collection Request (ICR) that the Obama...more

EPA to the Oil and Gas Industry on its Request for Information: Never Mind

Only months after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) first contacted thousands of oil and gas companies demanding detailed information regarding methane releases from gas production facilities and related equipment, it...more

Sustainable growth in the Middle East

2016 saw the international community finally reach agreement for collective action on climate change with the rapid ratification and entry into force of the Paris Agreement. Micael Johnstone and Maher Ghanma assess the...more

2016 California Energy and Climate Legislative Update

California took legislative action in 2016 aimed at addressing climate change, advancing renewable energy, and maintaining the state’s emphasis on safety in the energy sector. In 2016, the California legislature took...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - February 2017 #4

Environmental and Policy Focus - Governor Brown wants to spend nearly $450 million on flood control following dam emergency - Sacramento Bee - Feb 24 - After successfully appealing to the Trump...more

Sustainable Development Update - February 2017 #3

Sustainable Development Focus - Developers find benefits to building sustainable - Bisnow - Feb 15 - Boston Properties vice president of engineering Danny Murtagh said the biggest trends in sustainable...more

Airline emissions - what impact will the new global carbon offset and reduction scheme have on the current European Emissions...

An agreement to curb the impact of commercial aviation on climate change has been struck by 191 states attending the 39th International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Assembly in Montreal. The Carbon Offset and Reduction...more

U.S. Senate Confirms Scott Pruitt as EPA Chief, Signaling Conservative Re-Imagining of EPA’s Role in Society and Government

On February 17, 2017, the U.S. Senate confirmed President Trump’s nominee Scott Pruitt as the new administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Senate confirmation followed weeks of partisan and public attacks...more

Small-Scale Canadian LNG Projects Quietly Growing as an Alternative Power Source

The development of Canada’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) export industry has attracted much attention in recent years as large and mid-scale LNG export projects in British Columbia and Eastern Canada have shifted from a surge...more

Neste Rebrands Its Renewable Product Family

On January 17, 2017, Neste, a member of the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®), announced the rebranding of its “Neste Renewable Diesel” to “Neste MY Renewable Diesel,” and the updating of other names...more

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

Wind Power Is Now the Largest Installed Renewable: 82,000 MW And Counting

According to the American Wind Energy Association blog, installed wind capacity in the United States has reached 82,000 MW. That puts it past the 80,000 MW of installed hydropower capacity and makes wind the largest...more

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