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CARB Finalizes Zero-Emission Auto Rules

California continues to push toward its statewide carbon-neutrality goals. By Arthur F. Foerster and Joshua Bledsoe On August 25, 2022, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) unanimously approved regulations that require all new 2035 and later passenger vehicles to be zero-emission vehicles. The agency’s “Advanced Clean Cars II” regulations require manufacturers to deliver an increasing … Continue Reading

California Legislature to Consider Aggressive Climate Targets

Governor Newsom introduces five ambitious proposals that could alter California’s climate policy for years to come. By JP Brisson, Nikki Buffa, Marc Campopiano, Jennifer Roy, Michael Dreibelbis, Aron Potash, and Alicia Robinson On August 12, 2022, California Governor Gavin Newsom submitted five climate proposals (the Climate Proposals) to the California legislature in the waning days … Continue Reading

TNFD Releases Second Version of Its Disclosure Framework

The second version includes guidance on metrics and how companies can conduct dependency and impact evaluation. By Paul A. Davies, Michael D. Green, Austin J. Pierce, and James Bee On 28 June 2022, the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) released version 0.2 of its framework for nature-related risk and opportunity management and disclosure (the Framework). The announcement … Continue Reading

Canada Launches Its First Federal Greenhouse Gas Offset Credit System

The system aims to stimulate innovation in GHG-reduction activities as part of the country’s 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan. By JP Brisson, Michael Dreibelbis, and Alicia Robinson On June 8, 2022, Canada launched the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Offset Credit System (the System) to create a “market-based incentive to undertake innovative projects that reduce greenhouse gases.”[1] The … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Rejects EPA’s Authority to Force Power Generation Shifting Under Clean Air Act

The decision will limit EPA’s options for future regulation of existing power plant GHG emissions and may have broader implications for other federal agency rulemakings. By Stacey L. VanBelleghem, Karl A. Karg, and Malorie R. Medellin On June 30, 2022, the US Supreme Court issued its long-awaited ruling in West Virginia v. EPA — the … Continue Reading

California Air Resources Board Releases Draft Scoping Plan Update (Part 4)

CARB addresses California’s increasingly severe climate impacts. By Joshua T. Bledsoe and Kevin Homrighausen On May 10, 2022, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) released its Draft 2022 Scoping Plan Update (Draft Scoping Plan) for public review and comment. Assembly Bill 32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, requires CARB to develop and … Continue Reading

California Air Resources Board Releases Draft Scoping Plan Update (Part 3)

CARB doubles down on LCFS Program and liquid transportation fuels. By Joshua T. Bledsoe and Jennifer Garlock On May 10, 2022, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) released its Draft 2022 Scoping Plan Update (Draft Scoping Plan) for public review and comment. Assembly Bill (AB) 32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB … Continue Reading

California Air Resources Board Releases Draft Scoping Plan Update (Part 2)

CARB opts to stay the course on Cap-and-Trade Program. By Joshua T. Bledsoe, Michael Dreibelbis, and Alicia Robinson  On May 10, 2022, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) released its Draft 2022 Scoping Plan Update for public review and comment. Assembly Bill (AB) 32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32), required … Continue Reading

California Air Resources Board Releases Draft Scoping Plan Update (Part 1)

The Draft 2022 Scoping Plan Update takes an all-of-the-above approach to decarbonize California. By Joshua T. Bledsoe and Brian McCall On May 10, 2022, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) released its Draft 2022 Scoping Plan Update for public review and comment. Originally, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 required CARB to develop … Continue Reading

White House Announces New Initiatives and Guidance on Clean Energy Transition

CCUS and clean hydrogen will play a significant role in the Administration’s efforts to address hard-to-decarbonize industries to promote clean US manufacturing. By Janice Schneider, Nikki Buffa, and Kevin Homrighausen On February 15, 2022, the White House announced important actions in furtherance of the Biden Administration’s broader decarbonization goals — this time with an eye … Continue Reading

California Senate Passes Broad GHG Emissions Reporting Requirements

If adopted, the Senate bill would require large US companies doing business in California to report Scopes 1, 2, and 3 emissions as of January 2024. By Jean-Philippe Brisson, Marc T. Campopiano, Jennifer K. Roy, Joshua T. Bledsoe, Julie Miles, and Alicia Robinson The California Legislature is considering a bill to impose corporate sustainability reporting … Continue Reading

President Biden Outlines Comprehensive Plan for Federal Sustainability

The president’s executive order aims to use the US government’s procurement power to achieve “carbon pollution-free electricity” by 2030 and net zero emissions by 2050. By Jennifer Roy and Julie Miles On December 8, 2021, President Biden issued an Executive Order on Catalyzing Clean Energy Industries and Jobs Through Federal Sustainability (EO), which aims to set … Continue Reading

Regional US Transportation & Climate Initiative Program Comes to an End

A multistate cap-and-invest program to reduce carbon emissions from the transportation sector is dead after several participating states pulled out. By Jean-Philippe Brisson, Joshua T. Bledsoe, Benjamin Einhouse, and Brian McCall Less than one year ago, the governors of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut, as well as the mayor of the District of Columbia, announced … Continue Reading

COP26: Key Takeaways From the Glasgow Summit

The Glasgow conference was praised as a huge step forward in tackling climate change, but also drew criticism for not going far enough. By Jean-Philippe Brisson, Paul A. Davies, Michael D. Green, and James Bee Between 31 October and 12 November 2021, Glasgow hosted the 26th annual Conference of Parties (COP26) to the United Nations … Continue Reading

TCFD Releases New Guidance on Climate-Related Metrics, Targets, and Transition Plans

The guidance offers clarification on key aspects of the TCFD’s recommendations on climate reporting. By Paul A. Davies, Michael D. Green, and James Bee On 14 October 2021, the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) released a new guidance document on climate-related metrics, targets, and transition plans (the Guidance). The Guidance seeks to support … Continue Reading

Webcast: Wildfire Implications on California Development

Developers and municipalities must continue to evaluate potential wildfire impacts on projects under CEQA and consider recent legislative changes. By Marc T. Campopiano and Shivaun A. Cooney Wildfires have posed increasing risks in recent years to the public and environment in California. The importance of understanding how wildfires may impact new development and infrastructure is … Continue Reading

UK Government Launches Hydrogen Strategy and Business Model Consultation

Strategy positions UK as a world leader in the hydrogen space, supporting 9,000 plus jobs and unlocking £4 billion in investment by 2030. By Paul Davies, John-Patrick Sweny, and James Bee On 17 August 2021, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published the UK’s first Hydrogen Strategy (the Strategy). The Strategy sets … Continue Reading

China’s National ETS Launches Trading

The start of trading represents a significant opportunity for businesses able to achieve meaningful reductions. By Paul A. Davies and R. Andrew Westgate Nearly four years after China’s national emissions trading scheme (ETS) was announced in late 2017, trading of emissions quotas officially commenced on July 16. The start of trading represents a significant step … Continue Reading
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