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EU court confirms inclusion of international airlines in ETS
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • European Union, USA
  • January 8 2012

The European Union’s Court of Justice ruled December 21 that an attempt by United States airline operators to avoid inclusion in the EU’s Emissions Trading System is invalid and not justified by international law or specific agreements between the two parties


Inclusion of U.S. airlines in EU scheme objected
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA, European Union
  • January 8 2012

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood sent a letter December 16 to the European Union and member states asking them to halt, delay, or suspend a plan to subject U.S. airlines to a CO2 cap and trade system that began this month


EU airline decision unchanged
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • European Union, USA
  • January 22 2012

The European Commission sent a letter January 16 to U.S. Secretaries of State and Transportation asserting that it will not change its decision to include U.S. airlines in the European Union Emissions trading System


Positive results from tax reevaluation
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • European Union
  • January 15 2012

The European Environment Agency published a study January 9 concluding that households in some European Union countries could see their incomes rise by up to 6.5 percent by 2020 if the EU increases environmental taxes and reduces income taxes


EU carbon price
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • European Union
  • January 8 2012

Using an advisory vote on draft European Union energy efficiency legislation December 20, the European Parliament’s environment committee said that the EU’s carbon price is too low and policymakers should intervene to ensure that it is high enough to achieve the bloc’s climate and energy goals; they called for the cancelation of 1.4 billion carbon allowances


EU automakers on pace to meet GHG limits
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • European Union
  • January 8 2012

The European Commission and European Environment Agency said December 20 that most automakers that sell vehicles in the European Union are on pace to meet CO2 limits that go into effect this year, but a few risk a collective fine of up to $13 billion


EU e-waste rules revised
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • European Union
  • January 8 2012

Under a provisional December 21 agreement between the European Parliament and EU Council negotiators, EU countries in 2016 would be required to collect and separate 45 percent of their electrical and electronic waste from the larger waste stream


Clean energy credits discussed
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • European Union, USA
  • December 4 2011

Energy Secretary Steven Chu and more than a dozen senators met in the Capitol November 29 to discuss strategy on how to move forward on extending expiring clean energy tax credits and other clean energy initiatives


US-EU Energy Council
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • European Union, USA
  • December 4 2011

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Energy Secretary Steven Chu co-hosted the US-EU Energy Council meeting last week, meeting with top European energy officials as tension continues to escalate between the U.S


WTO Ontario FIT ruling forthcoming
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • Canada, European Union, Global, Japan
  • March 11 2012

A World Trade Organization dispute panel announced last week that it will issue a ruling by September on Japan’s claims that provisions in Ontario’s green energy program violate global trade rules