Environment, Land & Resources

UK Government Considers Proposed Law Tackling Illegal Deforestation

Posted in Environmental Regulation, European Environmental and Public Law

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 commodities grown on land that has been illegally deforested (known as forest risk commodities). The consultation includes seven questions to assess whether large companies should be obligated to perform due diligence on their supply chains, and whether large companies should be prohibited from using forest risk commodities. Key forest risk commodities include palm oil, cocoa, soy, and rubber. Continue Reading

Australian Government Faces Class-Action Over Failure to Disclose Climate Change Risks

Posted in Environmental Litigation

The pioneering case seeks an injunction to restrain the government from further promoting exchange-traded bonds until it complies with its duty of disclosure.

By Paul A. Davies and Michael D. Green

miningOn 22 July 2020, investors filed a class-action claim against the Australian government, alleging that it failed to disclose material climate change risks relating to its bonds (O’Donnell v. Commonwealth and Ors). The claim is thought to be the first of its kind against a national government. Continue Reading

UK Carbon Pricing Updates: UK Emissions Trading System and Carbon Emissions Tax Consultation

Posted in Environmental Litigation

The government provides further details on UK carbon pricing after Brexit.

By Paul A. Davies and Michael D. Green

On 14 July 2020, the UK government published the draft Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme Order 2020 (the Order), establishing a framework for the potential UK Emissions Trading System (UK ETS). Subsequently, on 21 July 2020, the government published a consultation on the operation of a potential new carbon emissions tax. Continue Reading

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