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The Paris Agreement: Where We Were, Where We Are, Where We Are Going

On June 1, 2017, President Donald Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the Paris Agreement (the “Agreement”), describing it as “disadvantaging the United States” and indicating that the United States...more

Trump decides to leave Paris climate accord

by Dentons on

Citing concerns for US economic competitiveness and sovereignty, President Donald Trump held a Rose Garden ceremony yesterday to announce that he is withdrawing the US from the Paris climate agreement. The US will remain part...more

Swift Ratification of Paris Climate Agreement

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The Paris Climate Agreement (Agreement) officially enters into force today, 30 days after it was ratified by at least 55 Parties to the Convention, representing at least an estimated 55% per cent of the total global...more

Paris Agreement to Enter into Force: Implications for Enforcement in the United States and Internationally

by K&L Gates LLP on

Global policy on climate change and greenhouse gas regulation is poised to take a significant step forward as the Paris Agreement (“Agreement”) enters into force just before international climate negotiations resume in...more

Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

This month’s tracker reflects key initiatives from August 16 – September 15, 2016. Climate change legislation predominates in this report, with Argentina, Brazil and Mexico all ratifying the Paris Agreement, Colombia...more

LNG In Morocco

by King & Spalding on

Morocco is currently implementing important changes to its energy mix, which may provide interesting opportunities in the LNG sector. This article presents a brief overview of the origin of the national development plan for...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

China Ramps Up Renewables

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

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

Navigating the Green Bonds markets in China

by Reed Smith on

China’s climate change objectives under the Paris Agreement will require it to invest a massive amount of capital into growing its domestic renewable energy generation, as well as invest in other emissions-reducing efforts....more

EU to Fast-Track 2030 Climate and Energy Policy Post-COP 21

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The Paris Agreement, adopted by 195 countries following the 21st session of the Conference of Parties (COP 21), is the first multilateral agreement on climate change that covers almost all of the world’s emissions. The Paris...more

China’s 13th Five-Year Plan – Planning for a Greener Economy

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

China’s 13th Five-Year Plan – Planning for a Greener Economy - Last month China’s thirteenth “Five-Year Plan” (FYP13) was approved, setting out a social and economic development blueprint for the country for the next...more

Changing Climate: What The Paris Accord Means For China

by WilmerHale on

In December 2015, nearly 200 countries reached a historic agreement in Paris to limit greenhouse gas emissions in hopes of curbing global warming. Law360's Expert Analysis special series looks at the impact the agreement will...more

The Paris Agreement on Climate Change – Implications for Africa

by King & Spalding on

The historic 21st annual meeting (COP21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Paris in December 2015 resulted in the Paris Agreement (Agreement) which goes further than any previous climate...more

Foley Hoag Climate Update: February 2016

by Foley Hoag LLP on

The Paris Outcome - After two weeks of intense negotiations at the Paris climate conference, 195 countries finally adopted the Paris Agreement and a Decision to limit “the increase in the global average temperature to...more

Regional Perspectives on the Paris Agreement on Climate Change

by King & Spalding on

On 12 December 2015, nearly 200 countries at the 21st annual meeting (COP21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (Convention or UNFCCC) reached an agreement that many have described as a historic...more

What Does COP-21 Mean for Business?

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

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

A CHANGE OF CLIMATE COP21 debrief from Paris - Key take-aways and how businesses can get involved (Asia Pacific)

by DLA Piper on

Since the momentous Paris Agreement was officially adopted in the final weeks of 2015, there have been many celebrations and comments made globally. Before COP21, we sent you our predictions for the Paris Agreement and...more

The Paris Agreement – leading the pathway to a low carbon economy

by Reed Smith on

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

The 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change

by King & Spalding on

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

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

COP21 Yields Landmark Climate Change Accord: What’s Next?

More than a week has passed since 195 countries announced a climate change deal to hold global average temperatures to 2°C above pre-industrial levels, with an aspirational ceiling of 1.5°C. While the accord represents an...more

Paris Agreement on Climate Change Boosts Clean Energy Innovation and Finance

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On December 12, 2015, 195 countries came together in Paris to adopt a landmark climate change deal. The Paris Agreement creates, for the first time, a long-term global framework that commits nearly every country to reducing...more

Green Bonds – how to unlock its full potential?

by Reed Smith on

The green bond market is presently one of the fastest growing fixed-income segments, with issuances tripling between 2013 and 2014. There is a sense of excitement and optimism surrounding the market; initially led and...more

South Africa and the UK's climate change plans

by Dentons on

Over the last two weeks, 196 countries met at the UN summit in Paris to agree on a new global agreement on climate change. In preparation, countries were asked to pledge intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs)—in...more

Energy & Environment Update - December 2015

by Mintz Levin - ML Strategies on

Energy and Climate Debate - It’s a race to the end of the year, and the end of this week, for Congress, at it wraps up negotiations on tax extenders, the omnibus appropriations package, and other end of the year...more

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