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12/10/2018
Dutch ju­di­ciary com­pre­hens­ively re­jects gov­ern­ment’s cli­mate change...
On 9th Oc­to­ber 2018, The Hag­ue Court of Ap­peal handed down its judg­ment in a long run­ning ap­peal brought by the Dutch gov­ern­ment against a judg­ment (dated 24th June 2015) of The Hag­ue Dis­trict Court. The earli­er judg­ment be­came fam­ous across the world, be­cause.
21/09/2018
EU to define €100’s of bil­lions pa of sus­tain­able in­vest­ment
It is easy to ask: what does sus­tain­able in­vest­ment mean? The an­swer is not simple even though a lot rides on it. In the EU cli­mate and en­ergy space alone, the EU es­tim­ates that ad­di­tion­al sus­tain­able in­vest­ment will need to rise to €180 bil­lion per an­num (on.
31/07/2018
EU cir­cu­lar eco­nomy pack­age
In early Ju­ly 2018 the EU’s Cir­cu­lar Eco­nomy pack­age came in­to force. This is made up of four new EU Dir­ect­ives which amend ex­ist­ing dir­ect­ives on waste man­age­ment, land­fill, pack­aging and pack­aging waste, end-of-life vehicles, waste bat­ter­ies, and waste elec­tric­al.
14/05/2018
En­ergy per­form­ance of build­ings and Brexit: the fi­nal cut (for now)
In March 2018 we men­tioned the boost­ing of the con­struc­tion, tech­no­logy and elec­tric vehicle char­ging sec­tors by a pro­posed re­boot­ing of en­ergy per­form­ance of build­ings le­gis­la­tion. Today, the Coun­cil of the European Uni­on an­nounced agree­ment on the fi­nal ver­sion.
14/05/2018
En­ergy per­form­ance of build­ings: the fi­nal cut (for now)
In March 2018 we men­tioned the boost­ing of the con­struc­tion, tech­no­logy and elec­tric vehicle char­ging sec­tors by a pro­posed re­boot­ing of en­ergy per­form­ance of build­ings le­gis­la­tion. Today, the Coun­cil of the European Uni­on an­nounced agree­ment on the fi­nal ver­sion.
17/04/2018
NGOs can ask the Com­mis­sion to re­view its de­cision on ge­net­ic­ally...
The Gen­er­al Court de­cided in its de­cision of 14 March 2018 that non-gov­ern­ment­al or­gan­iz­a­tions (“NGOs”) can ask the Com­mis­sion to re­view its de­cision on au­thor­iz­ing the pla­cing on the mar­ket of ge­net­ic­ally mod­i­fied food and feed.
28/03/2017
On the road to autonom­ous vehicles
Con­nec­ted and autonom­ous vehicle (“CAV”) tech­no­lo­gies are set to have a pro­found so­cial and eco­nom­ic im­pact world­wide and con­tin­ue to ac­cu­mu­late a great weight of ex­pect­a­tion. Ad­voc­ates ar­gue that CAV tech­no­lo­gies will im­prove road safety, ease con­ges­tion and.
02/02/2017
Gov­ern­ment con­sults on pen­al­ties for non-com­pli­ance with EU ship emis­sions...
On 1 Janu­ary 2018, sub­ject to a few ex­clu­sions, ships over 5000 gross ton­nage (“Rel­ev­ant Ships”) will be sub­ject to mon­it­or­ing and re­port­ing re­quire­ments on car­bon di­ox­ide emis­sions (CO2), fuel con­sump­tion and cargo car­ried.
09/12/2016
Are we wit­ness­ing the rise of su­per level eco­nom­ic en­vir­on­ment risks?
In a few years’ time we may look back and say that it was in 2015/2016 when leg­al pro­ceed­ings and re­cent policy changes com­bined to pro­duce mani­fest ser­i­ous trans­fron­ti­er and trans-sec­tor com­mer­cial and eco­nom­ic en­vir­on­ment risk.
05/12/2016
ABS Reg­u­la­tion - Draft Bi­otech Sec­tor Stake­hold­er Guid­ance
Views are be­ing sought from in­ter­ested stake­hold­ers on European guid­ance for the bi­o­tech­no­logy sec­tor con­cern­ing the EU’s ac­cess to ge­net­ic re­sources and shar­ing of be­ne­fits from util­isa­tion le­gis­la­tion – namely the ABS Reg­u­la­tion.
03/10/2016
Tribunal leaves door open for full pro­tec­tion and se­cur­ity to en­com­pass...
In its Award dated 27 June 2016, the Tribunal dis­missed the Claimant’s claim in Peter A. Al­lard v The Gov­ern­ment of Bar­ba­dos (PCA Case No. 2012-06) re­lat­ing to the Re­spond­ent’s al­leged breach of its in­ter­na­tion­al ob­lig­a­tions un­der the bi­lat­er­al in­vest­ment treaty.
14/09/2016
What fu­ture for en­vir­on­ment taxes?
On 6th Septem­ber 2016 the European En­vir­on­ment Agency, an agency of the European Uni­on tasked to provide “sound, in­de­pend­ent in­form­a­tion on the en­vir­on­ment” pub­lished a re­port on En­vir­on­ment­al tax­a­tion and EU en­vir­on­ment­al policies.