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European Commission Releases Legislative Package to Meet Emissions Target

The package aims to deliver on the targets agreed in the European Climate Law and fundamentally transform the EU’s economy and society for a greener future. By Paul A. Davies, Nicola Higgs, David Little, Elisabetta Righini, JP Sweny, and Michael D. Green On 14 July 2021, the European Commission (the Commission) unveiled a long-awaited package … Continue Reading

European Commission Publishes New Green Bond Standard and Unveils Latest Sustainable Finance Strategy

The new green bond standard aims to hit EU Green Deal targets, address environmental challenges, and increase investment in sustainable activities.  By Paul Davies and Edward Kempson The European Commission (the Commission) recently issued two key announcements relating to the newly published EU Sustainable Finance Strategy (the Strategy) and the new EU Green Bond Standard … Continue Reading

Flexibility in Sustainable Finance

Recent developments show how innovative sustainable finance instruments can help the transition to greener financial markets. By Paul A. Davies and Edward R. Kempson The EU Taxonomy Regulation[1] (the Regulation), which entered into force in July 2020, is one of the most significant developments in sustainable finance. The Regulation creates a classification system for green … 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

European Commission Launches Consultation on Sustainable Corporate Governance

The proposed initiative would embed sustainability in companies’ corporate governance frameworks and their business strategies. By Paul A. Davies and Michael D. Green On 26 October 2020, the European Commission (the Commission) launched a public consultation on a proposed sustainable corporate governance framework. The Commission is seeking views from a broad range of stakeholders, including, … Continue Reading

The EU’s 2021 Work Programme Features Green and Sustainable Initiatives

Making Europe greener, fairer, and more sustainable is at the heart of the European Commission’s new work programme. By Paul Davies, David Little, Michael D. Green, and Pierre Bichet On 19 October 2020, the European Commission (Commission) published its Work Programme (Programme) for 2021. The Programme — “A Union of vitality in a world of … Continue Reading

European Commission Updates 2030 Climate Target to Cut Emissions by 55%

The Commission’s 2030 Climate Target Plan sets out required actions for a number of sectors. By Paul A. Davies and Michael D. Green On 17 September 2020, the European Commission (Commission) presented its 2030 Climate Target Plan, which calls for a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target of at least 55%, compared to 1990 levels; … Continue Reading

European Commission Launches Consultation on Proposed Green Claims Regulation

Proposed regulation will require companies to substantiate their environmental footprint claims, seeking to ensure green claims are more reliable. By Paul A. Davies and Michael D. Green Background On 27 August 2020, the European Commission (the Commission) launched a public consultation on a possible proposal on substantiating green claims about products or services. This follows … 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

UK Delays Decision on Adopting EU Sustainable Finance Taxonomy

The delay may complicate the regulatory landscape for sustainable finance as the EU moves toward a standardized classification system.  By Paul A. Davies, Nicola Higgs, and Michael D. Green The UK government (government) has delayed a decision on whether it will adopt the EU’s taxonomy of sustainable finance activities (the Taxonomy) as the UK approaches … Continue Reading

EU Commission Sets out Major Climate and Sustainability Proposals

The EU Commission aims to enshrine into law the 2050 climate-neutrality target and has taken further steps to establish a unified EU “green” classification system. By Paul A. Davies, Michael D. Green, and Federica Rizzo The European Green Deal, presented on 11 December 2019, provides a roadmap with actions aimed at boosting the efficient use of resources and the … Continue Reading
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