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Western Climate Initiative solicits comments on offset criteria
  • Torys LLP
  • Canada, USA
  • August 6 2009

On July 24, 2009, the Western Climate Initiative (WCI) released a discussion paper titled Offset Definition and Eligibility Criteria, which will be available for public comment until August 21, 2009


GHG emissions to be considered in New York environmental assessments
  • Torys LLP
  • USA
  • August 6 2009

According to a recent announcement by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), a new policy that becomes effective on August 15, 2009 will require GHG emissions to be included in New York’s environmental review of large-scale projects


Senate releases climate change bill
  • Torys LLP
  • Canada, USA
  • October 5 2009

On October 1, 2009, the U.S. Senate released a draft energy and climate change bill known as the Kerry-Boxer bill after its sponsors Senators John Kerry and Barbara Boxer


Canada, US and Mexico support new regulation of HFCs
  • Torys LLP
  • Canada, Mexico, USA
  • October 5 2009

The United States, Canada and Mexico have proposed using the Montreal Protocol an international treaty that limits the use of the ozone-depleting hydrochlorofluorocarbons to also limit emissions of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), potent GHGs


Canadian and US officials continue Clean Energy Dialogue
  • Torys LLP
  • Canada, USA
  • October 5 2009

On September 16, 2009, Environment Minister Jim Prentice and his American counterpart, Energy Secretary Steven Chu, presented their first Report to Leaders on the Canada-U.S. Clean Energy Dialogue


New developments in the United States
  • Torys LLP
  • USA
  • April 1 2009

On March 31, 2009, U.S. House Representatives Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) released their discussion draft, “American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009” (ACES


Climate change shareholder resolutions increasing
  • Torys LLP
  • USA
  • September 11 2009

The non-profit groups Ceres and the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility recently issued a report concluding that shareholder resolutions on the issue of climate change are increasing in frequency and success


North American leaders agree to cooperate on climate change
  • Torys LLP
  • Canada, Mexico, USA
  • September 11 2009

On August 10, 2009, at a North American summit in Guadalajara, Mexico, the leaders of the United States, Mexico and Canada issued a joint declaration that committed their three countries to work together on climate change and clean energy issues


U.S. Commission to regulate carbon-based financial instruments
  • Torys LLP
  • USA
  • September 11 2009

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has reportedly decided to regulate aspects of the CCX’s emissions trading program


California agency withdraws endorsements of offset protocols
  • Torys LLP
  • USA
  • March 15 2010

California’s Air Resources Board (CARB) recently withdrew its approval of four offset protocols Forestry Protocols Versions 2.1 & 3.0, Manure Digester Protocol Version 2.1 and Urban Forestry Protocol Version 1.0 (the offset protocols) that had previously been issued by the state-created Climate Action Reserve