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Framework for Regulatory Reviews: First-Order Conditions for Success

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Balanced Messaging with the Introduction of New Legislation - With the recent tabling of proposed legislation to reform the environmental and regulatory system for major projects, the federal government stated the...more

BlackRock Publishes Updated Proxy Voting Guidelines

by White & Case LLP on

BlackRock, Inc. ("BlackRock") recently published its updated "Proxy Voting Guidelines for US Securities". Consistent with BlackRock's recent communications related to its investment principles, the guidelines emphasize...more

Reshaping Canada’s Project Assessment Regime—Bill 69’s Ambitious Blueprint

by Bennett Jones LLP on

This article is Part II of a series that discusses the federal government’s proposed changes to Canada’s environmental regulatory regime governing project development and operation in Canada....more

CRS Publishes Climate Change-Related Report

On February 1, the Congressional Research Service published a report entitled Evolving Assessments of Human and Natural Contributions to Climate Change. The report traces evolution of scientific understanding and confidence...more

Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

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Weekly projects and energy updates in South Africa Limpopo’s coal-fired power station gets green light The government has flashed the green light again for a [new] multibillion-rand coal-fired power station in Limpopo, but...more

Africa Focus: Spring 2018: Green finance in Africa

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Achieving sustainability objectives through innovative funding of climate-change projects. The first green bond was issued only ten years ago, but since then the market's depth and volume has increased exponentially. Green...more

Millennials and why your organization should care about ESG

With sustainable and ethical business practices now key to attracting and retaining top talent, how can organizations ensure their Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) rating meets the expectations of millennials?...more

The Year in Bankruptcy: 2017

by Jones Day on

The initial year of the Trump administration colored much of the political, business, and financial headlines of 2017, both in the U.S. and abroad. Key administration-related developments in 2017 included U.S. withdrawal from...more

Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Directing New Jersey to Reenter the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

by Genova Burns LLC on

On Jan 29, Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order tasking NJDEP and NJ BPU with NJ’s reentry into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative is a cooperative of states in the...more

Energy & Sustainability 2017 Year in Review: Policy Developments (Part 3 of 4)

In this four-part series, we revisit 2017’s biggest developments in Energy & Sustainability-related news, milestones, policy changes, and financial transactions. This is the third installment of the series...more

Changing Times and Climate Change

by Harris Beach PLLC on

As recently reported in The Washington Post and The New York Times, among other news outlets, the City of New York has sued the five (5) largest publicly traded oil companies for their contributions to climate change and the...more

New Jersey To Rejoin Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI): The New Administration Already Means Changes To Climate Change...

by Cole Schotz on

New Jersey’s new governor signed an executive order yesterday directing his acting Department of Environmental Protection commissioner, Catherine McCabe, and Board of Public Utilities President Joseph Fiordaliso to begin...more

Trump Administration Rolls Back Climate Change Initiatives

As expected, the Trump administration has been actively engaged in efforts to reverse the federal government’s regulatory direction with respect to climate change. In 2017, President Donald Trump announced plans to withdraw...more

Natural Resources Agency Launches CEQA Guidelines Rulemaking

The Natural Resources Agency has initiated formal rulemaking for a comprehensive update to the California Environmental Quality Act Guidelines. The proposed CEQA Guidelines amendments are the most comprehensive update...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - January 2018 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Focus - Supreme Court rules that WOTUS rule challenges should be heard by federal district courts - The Hill - Jan 22 The Supreme Court unanimously ruled Monday that cases litigating the validity of an Obama-era...more

Reminders for Foreign Private Issuers for the 2018 Annual Reporting Season

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This memorandum outlines certain considerations for foreign private issuers ("FPIs") in preparation for the 2018 annual reporting season. Part I of this memorandum discusses new developments and practical action items for the...more

10 Themes for 2018

Tax reform, shifting international dynamics, Trump administration goals and a potentially strong market for transactions all seem likely to impact business activity in 2018. Below are 10 areas to explore in our 10th annual...more

The "Disastrous" Costs of Climate Change

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

"Natural" disasters cost the United States a record amount of $306 billion in 2017, topping the previous record of $215 billion in 2005, the year of Hurricane Katrina. This past year also tied with 2011 for the highest number...more

Reminders for US Public Companies for the 2018 Annual Reporting and Proxy Season

by White & Case LLP on

This memorandum outlines certain considerations for US public companies in preparation for the 2018 annual reporting and proxy season. Part I of this memorandum discusses new developments and practical action items for the...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - January 2018

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: a lawsuit by the City of New York seeking compensation for the...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - January 2018 - Issue 3

Northeast Could be Second U.S. Petrochemical Hub - "'While the region with its ample and reliable supply of ethane is primed for the emergence as a second major petrochemical manufacturing hub in the United States, it...more

2018 Outlook on the Clean Power Plan

Heading into 2018, undoing the Clean Power Plan, the Obama Administration’s signature regulation for addressing climate change, remains a high priority under the Trump Administration. While 2017 was rife with statements, some...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - January 2018 - Issue 2

Ohio Supreme Court Joins Texas and Oklahoma in Holding the State Does Not Recognize a Separate Implied Covenant to Explore Further - "We conclude that Ohio does not recognize an 'implied covenant to explore further'...more

Lowered Threshold for Emissions Reporting for Alberta Facilities

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Effective January 1, 2018, all facilities emitting 10,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) per year or more in Alberta are required to submit annual reports on their emissions to the Alberta government. ...more

Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Happy New Year! With the close of 2017, Latin America ushered in a range of significant initiatives. Brazil proposed lead limits in paints and similar coating materials consistent with current U.N. recommendations. Chile has...more

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