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Sustainability Outlook European Union – June 2022

Our European Public Policy team is pleased to share with you our monthly horizon scan of key developments in EU sustainability law and policy. This month’s newsletter is a packed edition including the following: European Parliament demands the right to legislative initiative.  European Commission updates legislative and policy timeline until the end of 2022.  European … Continue Reading

SEC Goes After Climate-related Investment Risks – Here Are the Highlights

In the latest indication of the Biden administration’s “whole of government” approach to climate change, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Monday proposed a rule that will require publicly traded companies to disclose the risks from climate change that are reasonably likely to have material impacts on their businesses or financial condition. In … Continue Reading

Sustainability Outlook European Union – February 2022

Our European Public Policy team is pleased to share with you our monthly newsletter, Sustainability Outlook – European Union which looks at key developments in EU sustainability law and policy. This month’s edition includes the following: European Commission presents controversial rules on the sustainability of nuclear and gas. NGOs challenge Taxonomy criteria for biomass, bio-based plastics and … Continue Reading

Sustainability Outlook European Union – January 2022

Our European Public Policy team is pleased to share with you our monthly newsletter, Sustainability Outlook – European Union which looks at key developments in EU sustainability law and policy. This month’s edition includes the following: France takes over the Council Presidency, vowing to implement European Green Deal. Draft rules on the sustainability of nuclear and … Continue Reading

France takes over the Presidency of EU institution, vowing to implement European Green Deal

With the turn of the year, France took over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU), following Slovenia. The Council consists of a representative of each Member State at ministerial level and is the EU co-legislator together with the European Parliament. While it is the European Commission, EU executive, that has the … Continue Reading

Sustainability Outlook European Union – December 2021

Our European Public Policy team is pleased to share with you our monthly newsletter, Sustainability Outlook – European Union which looks at key developments in EU sustainability law and policy. This month is a particularly packed issues as the European Commission has proposed a range of climate proposals. This month’s edition includes the following:… Continue Reading

Lawmakers Propose New Import Ban Targeting Commodities Produced on Illegally Deforested Land

On Wednesday, October 6, Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) released the Fostering Overseas Rule of Law and Environmentally Sound Trade (FOREST) Act, which seeks to reduce commodity-driven illegal deforestation around the world. The legislation creates a risk-based framework for improving transparency in companies’ global supply chains; provides … Continue Reading

Sustainability Outlook European Union – July 2021

Our European Public Policy team is pleased to share with you our monthly newsletter, Sustainability Outlook – European Union which looks at key developments in EU sustainability law and policy. This month is a particularly packed issues as the European Commission has proposed a range of climate proposals. This month’s edition includes the following:… Continue Reading

Hear from the Experts – Powering the Drive Toward Net Zero – Recording Now Available

Our Corporate Practice has been hosting a “Talk to the Experts” virtual discussion series, where our in-house experts as well as industry leaders and top thinkers are invited to share their insights, experience and recommendations on important and timely topics to a transatlantic audience. The most recent Talk to the Experts session on April 15 … Continue Reading

UK Government Spending Review – Highlights

Just days after Boris Johnson’s well-received 10 point plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, now it is the turn of Rishi Sunak to talk infrastructure.  For those of us with a particular interest in infrastructure, transport and energy developments, there are a number of highlights from Rishi’s announcements today.  Those with an interest in infra … Continue Reading

Kamala Harris – Where Biden’s Vice President Pick Stands on Key Trade and Foreign Policy Issues

On Tuesday, August 11, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced that he has selected Senator Kamala Devi Harris (D-California) as his vice presidential running mate.  Since joining the U.S. Congress in 2017, Harris has in some instances served as a bridge between progressive and moderate Democratic positions and policies.  However, Harris is typically characterized … Continue Reading

EU Starts Revision of Packaging Law

On June 11, 2020, the European Commission published a so-called inception impact assessment, which is its plan for revising the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive 94/62 (PPWD).    The Commission invites stakeholders to provide comments on its plan until August 6. The Commission is expected to make a legislative proposal in Q2 2021.   … Continue Reading

Land and Water Conservation Fund Clears First Congressional Hurdle for Permanent Funding

What happened: Last week the Senate passed a landmark piece of legislation – the Great American Outdoors Act.  Under the legislation, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) would be permanently and fully funded at $900 million annually rather than funding levels being determined by the congressional appropriations process each year. What is next: The … Continue Reading

Update on EU Sustainability Policies – Select Developments From First Half of (H1) 2020

This overview provides select EU policy developments in the broad area of sustainability – and how we can support businesses in managing and shaping these policy discussions to their advantage. Our Observations Despite the COVID-19 crisis, sustainability policy remains a top priority for EU policymakers. Now is the best time for businesses to engage in … Continue Reading

Return of Senate’s Comprehensive Energy Bill to Move Prior to July 4th Recess; Administration Reviews Clean Power Plan

Legislative Activity Revival of the Comprehensive Energy Bill Last week, by unanimous consent, the House Energy and Commerce Committee advanced 11 bills governing energy infrastructure and efficiency. The bills address a range of issues including:  skill preparation for energy-related jobs; improvement to hydroelectric licensing; retrofits for schools; increasing energy and water efficiency for federal facilities … Continue Reading
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