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DC Circuit Overturns Trump Administration Power Plant Rule

The decision clears a path for President Biden’s climate priorities, striking down a Trump Administration rule that had repealed the Obama Administration’s power plant greenhouse gas regulations. By Stacey L. VanBelleghem and Devin M. O’Connor On January 19, 2021, on the eve of President Biden’s inauguration, in American Lung Association, et al. v. EPA, the … Continue Reading

Sustainability Organisations Publish Draft Climate-Related Disclosure Standards

Consortium provides prototype climate-related financial disclosure standards, following earlier pledge to collaborate. By Paul A. Davies and Michael D. Green A group of leading sustainability and integrated reporting organisations has published a paper addressing standards for reporting on enterprise value and presenting prototypes of climate-related financial disclosure standards (the Paper). The co-authors include the Carbon … Continue Reading

FCA Enhances Climate-Related Disclosures for Listed Companies

New rule will require listed companies to state whether they have made disclosures in accordance with the TCFD. By Paul A. Davies, Nicola Higgs, Chris Horton, and Michael D. Green On 21 December 2020, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) confirmed in a published Policy Statement[1] (the Statement) that it will introduce a new Listing Rule … Continue Reading

EPA Updates Aftermarket Defeat Device Enforcement Policy

EPA provides more detailed guidance on aftermarket safe zones while continuing to drive forward enforcement initiatives. By Arthur F. Foerster In 2019, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its “National Compliance Initiatives” (NCIs) for years 2020-2023. EPA sets NCIs for what the agency believes are “the most serious environmental violations.”[1] One of those NCIs … Continue Reading

European Commission Reports on Climate Change Progress

A new report shows headway in reducing greenhouse gases and details the latest climate change policy developments. By Paul A. Davies and Michael D. Green On 30 November 2020, the European Commission (EC) adopted the EU Climate Action Progress Report Kick-starting the journey towards a climate-neutral Europe by 2050 (the Report). The Report, which is … Continue Reading

SASB and IIRC Announce Their Intention to Merge

The Sustainability Accounting Standards Board and the International Integrated Reporting Council merger aims to streamline ESG reporting to improve data for investors. By Paul A. Davies and Michael D. Green On 25 November 2020, the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) and the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) announced that they are merging into a unified … Continue Reading

Changing of the Guard at the SEC Heralds New Day for ESG Disclosure Rules

As Chairman Clayton reaches the end of his tenure, Commissioners Lee and Crenshaw continue to push for SEC action on climate change. By Paul A. Davies, Paul M. Dudek, Ryan J. Maierson, and Kristina S. Wyatt Background In recent years, the market has witnessed a sharp divide both within the US Securities and Exchange Commission … Continue Reading

FRC Launches Consultation on the Future of Corporate Reporting

The UK’s Financial Reporting Council aims to develop a principles-based framework for corporate reporting. By Paul A. Davies and Michael D. Green The UK’s Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has published a discussion paper, “A Matter of Principles — The Future of Corporate Reporting,” that aims to “provide thought leadership for the future of corporate reporting … Continue Reading

Climate Assembly UK Publishes 2050 Net Zero Target Recommendations

The UK citizens’ assembly identifies overarching principles and makes specific recommendations for achieving the environmental goal. By Paul A. Davies and Michael D. Green Background The Climate Assembly UK has published its report on how the UK can achieve its statutory target for net zero carbon emissions by 2050. The report, which was released on … Continue Reading

California to Require 100% Zero-Emission Passenger Vehicle Sales by 2035

The Governor has issued an Executive Order with sweeping implications for the oil and gas industry and others. By Jean-Philippe Brisson, Joshua T. Bledsoe, Nikki Buffa, and Brian F. McCall On September 23, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Executive Order N-79-20, which will have sweeping implications for the oil and gas industry, automakers, low-carbon … Continue Reading

US Department of Labor Continues to Double Down on ESG Factors

The DOL proposes rules that would curb proxy voting by plan fiduciaries on shareholder proposals. By Paul A. Davies, Paul M. Dudek, Ryan J. Maierson, and Kristina S. Wyatt Continued DOL Antipathy Toward ESG On August 31, 2020, the US Department of Labor (DOL) issued proposed rules that could induce Employee Retirement Income Security Act … Continue Reading

UK Government Considers Proposed Law Tackling Illegal Deforestation

Consultations are underway on a proposed law to prohibit large UK businesses from using products sourced from illegally deforested lands. By Paul A. Davies and Michael D. Green On 25 August 2020, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) launched a consultation on a new law aimed at preventing large companies from using … Continue Reading

CEQA Case Report: 2019 Year in Review

Public agencies prevailed in 71% of CEQA cases analyzed. By James L. Arnone, Daniel P. Brunton, Marc T. Campopiano, Shivaun A. Cooney, Benjamin J. Hanelin, John C. Heintz, Maria Pilar Hoye, Aron Potash, and Winston P. Stromberg Latham & Watkins is pleased to present its third annual CEQA Case Report. Throughout 2019 Latham lawyers reviewed … Continue Reading

EU Commission Launches Consultation on Green Bond Standard

The consultation aims to gather technical input from stakeholders in the green bond market before finalising an EU GBS. By Paul A. Davies, Michael D. Green, and Aaron E. Franklin On 12 June 2020, the European Commission (the Commission) published a targeted consultation document on the establishment of an EU Green Bond Standard (EU GBS). … Continue Reading

Spain Adopts a New Royal Decree-Law Promoting Renewable Energy and Economic Reactivation

The new measures include changes to grid access permits and a new remuneration regime for renewables, among other provisions. By María José Descalzo, José María Alonso, and Leticia Sitges On 23 June, the Spanish Government passed Royal Decree-Law 23/2020, which entered into force on 25 June, approving new measures in the energy sector that aim … Continue Reading

Sustainable Finance Updates from the European Commission and the International Capital Market Association

Recent developments concern the EU taxonomy, the EU green bond standard, and new sustainability-linked bonds By Paul A. Davies and Michael D. Green Earlier this month (June 2020), the EU released answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the work of the European Commission (the Commission) and the Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance (TEG) … Continue Reading

US Fish and Wildlife Service Continues Work to Narrow Application of Migratory Bird Treaty Act

A new draft environmental impact statement on the scope of liability under the MBTA available for public comment. By Janice M. Schneider, Taiga Takahashi, and Julie Miles The US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) recently took another step toward narrowing its interpretation of liability under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) by issuing a draft … Continue Reading
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