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Maritime industry ready and Fit for 55 – vol. 2: The FuelEU Maritime Initiative
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, October 2021

The Fit for 55-package To achieve EU’s Paris climate goals, the EU Commission presented in December 2019 the European Green Deal, including a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030 (compared to 1990 levels) and become carbon neutral by 2050...

Spotlight on… Solent
Shoosmiths LLP, October 2021

Ships, Spitfires and Shoosmiths’ Solent planning team, Southampton is home to them all. Previously known as ‘The Gateway to the World’, for years people have visited Southampton to reach distant and exotic locations. As one of England’s foremost commercial ports, Southampton has a unique cultural heritage, a thriving commercial centre, and a bright future...

SEC Continues to Drive ESG — Climate Change Disclosure Takes the Wheel
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, October 2021

In late September, the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance continued signaling the increased importance of ESG initiatives in its mission by publishing a sample comment letter similar to what it may provide to issuers when reviewing their filings...

Nitrate neutrality
Shoosmiths LLP, September 2021

Developments on hold, trips to the High Court, nutrient credit schemes... Ever since a European Court of Justice ruling in November 2018, being nitrate neutral has caused headaches and blockages for developers and planners. Shoosmiths partnered with Planning magazine on a virtual roundtable discussion which examined nitrate / nutrient neutrality, the rules and how developers and authorities can work within them to deliver the right kind of development...

Sustainable Impact, Issue 2
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, September 2021

Like many Kiwi businesses, our firm has made a very real and tangible commitment towards achieving New Zealand’s sustainability goals. Creating long-lasting and sustainable impacts is something that I am personally, deeply committed to – it’s about paving the way for future generations and crafting a legacy of good for our whanau, communities and the country’s ongoing prosperity...

New Law Protects Water/Wastewater Sector by Limiting Rate Challenges
Hanson Bridgett LLP, September 2021

Water and wastewater agencies gained an important new protection from lawsuits challenging their rates on Wednesday, when Governor Newsom signed SB 323 (Caballero). For water or sewer service fees or charges adopted after January 1, 2022, this new law requires any lawsuits challenging those fees or charges to be commenced within 120 days of the effective date...

The untapped potential of blue carbon credit markets, Transition Economist
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, September 2021

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Regulation on the design, construction and operation of hydraulic works is amended
Carey, September 2021

Decree No 131 of the Ministry of Public Works, published in the Official Gazette on September 15, 2021 (the "Decree No 131"), comes to amend DS No 50 / 2015 (the "Decree No 50"), Regulation of Article 295 paragraph 2° of the Water Code, which establishes technical conditions to be met in the design, construction and operation of hydraulic works of Article 294, consisting, among others, in dams or reservoirs with a capacity greater than 50 thousand m3 or whose wall is more than 5 mete

EPA’s finding that wildfires did not preclude NAAQS attainment is upheld, Westlaw Today
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, September 2021

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Cambodia: Procedures and Implementation Guidelines for Checklist in Preparing the Initial Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Report
DFDL, September 2021

On 29 June 2021, the Ministry of the Environment (“MOE”) issued five new Prakas pursuant to Prakas No. 021 dated 3 February 2020 on the Classification of Environmental Impact Assessments (“EIA”) for Development Projects. These new Prakas determine the procedures and implementation guidelines for checklists used to prepare initial environmental and social impact assessment (“IEIA”) reports...

Maritime Industry Ready and Fit for 55 – Vol. 1: The Emission Trading System
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, September 2021

The Fit for 55-package To achieve EU’s Paris climate goals, the EU Commission presented in December 2019 the European Green Deal, including a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030 (compared to 1990 levels) and become carbon neutral by 2050...

A dialogue with Deacons: New climate-related risk requirements for Hong Kong fund managers
Deacons, September 2021

In seeking to address the impact of climate change within Hong Kong’s fund management industry, the SFC has introduced new climate-related regulatory requirements for fund managers in relation to disclosures and to their investment risk and management processes. In this ten-minute podcast, Jeremy Lam outlines key features of the new regime, the timeframe for implementation and how best to plan ahead...

A Recent Ruling Involving Unlined Landfills Highlights the Pitfalls of Relying on Categorical Exemptions under CEQA
Hanson Bridgett LLP, September 2021

Key Points As litigation under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) continues to drive lengthier and costlier environmental reviews, the use of "categorical exemptions" can provide a quick and efficient path towards CEQA compliance – but only if the exemption is legally sound and defensible. California's Fifth District Court of Appeal recently published Los Angeles Department of Water and Power v. County of Inyo (Cal. Ct. App., Aug. 17, 2021, No...

Resolution of the Board of Directors amends the regulations for reporting environmental emergencies of the activities under the jurisdiction of the Agency for Environmental Assessment and Enforcement- OEFA
Rodrigo, Elias & Medrano Abogados, September 2021

On September 2, 2021, Resolution of the Board of Directors Nº 017-2021-OEFA/CD (the “Resolution”) was published in the Official Gazette El Peruano, which amends the Regulation of the environmental emergency report of the activities under the purview of the Agency for Environmental Assessment and Enforcement- OEFA...

Integrating Climate Change Impact Assessments into the Environmental Impact Assessment Process
ENSafrica, September 2021

The Minister of the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (“DFFE”) recently published a notice inviting consultation on her intention to publish a National Guideline for Consideration of Climate Change Implications in Applications for Environmental Authorisations, Atmospheric Emission Licences and Waste Management Licences (the “Guideline”)...

You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby! Or Have You?, Natural Resources & Environment
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, September 2021

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You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby! Or Have You?, Natural Resources & Environment
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, September 2021

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Climate-Related Risk Requirements for Fund Managers
Deacons, August 2021

Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has announced details of requirements for fund managers to address climate change in their investment and risk management processes and make appropriate disclosures. Where are the requirements set out? On 20 August 2021, the SFC issued: Consultation Conclusions on the Management and Disclosure of Climate-related Risks by Fund Managers with amendments to the Fund Manager Code of Conduct (FMCC) set out in Appendix B and C...

An Introduction to the Government’s New Aquaculture Strategy
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, August 2021

The objectives in brief The Government would like to see the aquaculture industry grow, provided that it can do so in a sustainable manner. Statistics produced by the Directorate of Fisheries show that Norway produced and sold a total of just under 1.5 million tonnes of rainbow trout, trout and Atlantic salmon in 2020...

Ninth Circuit Upholds 'Significant Nexus' Test for Federal Permitting of Wetlands Projects
Hanson Bridgett LLP, August 2021

Key Points Ninth Circuit reaffirms the “significant nexus” test for determining whether filling certain wetlands in 2007 violates the Clean Water Act The narrower test for determining the Clean Water Act’s jurisdiction under the 2020 Navigable Waters Protection Rule did not apply since it postdated the 2007 filling of the wetlands...

Curtailments Ordered in the Delta Watershed
Buchalter, August 2021

Water Law On August 20, 2021, the Deputy Director of the Division of Water Rights (Deputy Director) of the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) issued water curtailment orders for the remainder of August and for all of September to approximately 4,500 water right holders in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta watershed (Delta Watershed).  These curtailment orders affect post-1914, pre-1914, and riparian rights, though in different ways, as described further below...

Cross-Agency Steering Group announces next steps to advance Hong Kong’s green and sustainable finance strategy
Deacons, August 2021

The Green and Sustainable Finance Cross-Agency Steering Group co-chaired by the HKMA and the SFC (Steering Group) announced on 15 July 2021 the next steps to advance its strategy to bolster Hong Kong’s position as a leader in green and sustainable finance and help transition the financial ecosystem towards carbon neutrality...

Cleaning up Greenwashing – Why Businesses Should Pay Attention
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, August 2021

As we approach COP26 in Glasgow in November, a vast amount of policy development is underway to help develop the strategies we need to address the global climate crisis. A central challenge is changing consumer behaviour, which is a complex and multi-faceted issue.  It raises questions around affordability, such as changing heating systems, purchasing zero emissions vehicles and better insulating our homes...

The Green Road to Electric Vehicles – Is It Time for Fewer Carrots and more Sticks?
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, August 2021

“We have to hurry, we have to get faster in the fight against climate change.” Those were the words of Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, after surveying the devastation caused by record floods in western Germany in early July. Private transport is one of the world’s biggest sources of greenhouse gases, with emissions rising every year, and the transition to electric vehicles is fundamental in the fight against climate change...

Tokyo Olympics, The Greenest Games Ever?
ENSafrica, August 2021

The Tokyo Olympic Games have been dubbed the greenest Games to date. Despite some criticism levelled against the claims of their eco-friendly nature, it is notable that the Tokyo Olympics Organising Committee has made significant strides to minimise the Games’ carbon footprint...

 

 

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