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Portuguese Children Crowdfund Climate Change Suit Against 47 Countries

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Six Portuguese children are raising funds to sue 47 European countries, asserting that their right to life has been threatened because governments have allegedly failed to adequately deal with climate change. With the...more

Greenhouse gas emissions trading schemes: A global perspective - European Union

by White & Case LLP on

The world's biggest trading scheme sees proposals intended to stabilize the market and links to Switzerland - The European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) is the world's first and biggest international emissions...more

Greenhouse gas emissions trading schemes: A global perspective - UK

by White & Case LLP on

EU's trading scheme framework dominates, but Brexit brings uncertainty - As early as 2002, the UK began preparing for international emissions trading. It initiated a pilot emissions trading scheme (UK ETS) in anticipation...more

Bank of England’s Response to Financial Risks Arising from Climate Change

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On 16 June 2017, the Bank of England (BoE) published an article setting out its response to climate change, explaining that climate change and society’s response to it presents certain financial risks. These risks arise...more

Safety, Health and Environment Matters - Spring 2017

by DLA Piper on

Shortly before this edition of SHE Matters went to press, the latest developments occurred in the long-running litigation between Client Earth and Government over air quality in the UK, excessive ambient levels of nitrogen...more

Green Bonds – An Introduction

by White & Case LLP on

Since their introduction in 2007, Green Bonds issuances have exponentially increased in volume and have become part of the lexicon of environmental finance. Simply defined, Green Bonds raise funds for new and existing...more

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

by DLA Piper on

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

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Shareholders have accused Under Armour of “concealing the impact” of Sports Authority’s bankruptcy from investors in order to artificially inflate its stock price. The suit comes on the heels of a disastrous Q4 for UA, in...more

The EU Winter Package Briefing Paper

by Allen & Overy LLP on

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

Carbon Matters - Autumn/Winter 2016/2017

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The Annual United Nations Climate Change Conference took place in Morocco against a backdrop of optimism and international agreement to move forward towards a low carbon economy – a signi cant shift from previous conferences...more

Environment: The Year Ahead

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The year ahead presents a series of challenges and opportunities for the development of environmental law across Europe. Notably, the Paris Agreement came into effect on 4 November 2016 and is now binding upon the signatory...more

Predictions and Outlook for U.S. Federal and International Chemical Regulatory Policy 2017

Predictions and Outlook for EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) 2017 - 2016 was full of surprises, two of which will drive much of the agenda for OCSPP during 2017. First, Congress...more

Biofrontiers Platform Releases Policy Recommendations For EU’S 2030 Climate Goals

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On October 11, 2016, the Biofrontiers platform, a group of industry and civil society stakeholders brought together by the European Climate Foundation, released policy recommendations for the European Union’s (EU) 2030...more

First ever global regime for aviation emissions: ICAO adopts Global Market-Based Measure to combat aircraft CO2 emissions

by Reed Smith on

On Friday, 7th October the General Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) passed a resolution (the ICAO Resolution), resolving to implement the world’s first global regime for combatting CO2...more

Brexit: Implications for Environmental Law

by Reed Smith on

The consequences of Brexit for the environment and environmental laws barely featured in pre-referendum campaigning. Given that a great deal of UK environmental law emanates from Brussels, a lot of recent commentary has...more

Environmental Transparency Becomes Obligatory in 2017 as EU Directive 2014/95 Comes into Effect

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Unprecedented globalisation, coupled with significant concerns around climate change, has taken environmental and social responsibility from a voluntary concept to something more obligatory and enforceable. Consequently,...more

The White House Final Greenhouse Gas Guidance Directs Federal Agencies to Consider Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Emissions...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On August 1, 2016, the White House Council on Environmental Quality published its final guidance to federal agencies requiring the consideration of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and effects on climate change when evaluating...more

Brexit Board Briefing

The world is awash with uncertainty about Brexit. We imagine that you, like most, are sorting through it all. Pillsbury is here to help. Our dedicated Brexit Team is monitoring developments and weighing the legal risks and...more

Research finds that Reducing Carbon Emissions will Spur Technology Innovation

In December 2015, 195 nations and the European Union formally pledged to meet nationally determined emissions-reduction targets in the Paris Agreement. Since then, many experts have observed that the national targets are not...more

How Will Brexit Impact Environmental and Energy Law?

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

While the overwhelming majority of the UK’s environmental legislation is derived from EU legislation and UK climate change and energy policy is largely influenced by the EU, surprisingly, environment and energy has been the...more

Environmental and climate change laws – divergence or more of the same?

by Allen & Overy LLP on

The United Kingdom’s referendum vote to leave the European Union on 23 June 2016 has raised questions about the future direction of environmental and climate change policies in the UK. In the near term it is business as...more

How Will Brexit Impact Environmental and Energy Law?

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Following the recent UK referendum result, attention is now turning to the legal implications for specific policy areas. While the overwhelming majority of the UK’s environmental legislation is derived from EU...more

Thoughts on the death of DECC

by Dentons on

Over the course of 13 and 14 July 2016, UK’s new Prime Minister, Theresa May, appointed the Secretaries of State who will lead the various Departments of Government. By the end of the process, which was precipitated by the...more

Carbon Matters - Spring / Summer 2016

by DLA Piper on

Robust international and national action on climate change looks increasingly likely following the high-profile Paris Agreement signing ceremony at the United Nations in New York in April. In New York 175 governments...more

The potential impact of Brexit on the EU Emission Trading System and future UK climate policy

by Reed Smith on

Through the referendum held on 23 June 2016, the United Kingdom voted to end its membership of the EU. Although the timeframe for withdrawal under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty limits the window for negotiations to two...more

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