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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


Durban conference ends in uncertainty and Canada withdraws from Kyoto Protocol
  • Torys LLP
  • Canada, Global
  • December 13 2011

From November 28 to December 11, 2011, delegates from 194 countries met in Durban, South Africa, for the 17th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change


Ontario’s drive to go green
  • Torys LLP
  • Canada
  • April 13 2009

The Ontario government continues to make strides toward its target of reducing the province’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 6 per cent below 1990 levels by 2014


Canadian Securities Administrators releases guidance on environmental reporting
  • Torys LLP
  • Canada
  • November 1 2010

On October 27, 2010, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published CSA Staff Notice 51-333, Environmental Reporting Guidance (the Notice) to assist reporting issuers in meeting their existing continuous disclosure requirements under securities laws with respect to environmental matters


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


Offset verification body adjusts rules for Canadian projects
  • Torys LLP
  • Canada
  • August 6 2009

On July 23, 2009, the Voluntary Carbon Standard Association (VCSA) announced that it will now allow voluntary offset projects in Canada to issue its internationally recognized Voluntary Carbon Units (VCUs) without evidence from the Canadian government that the corresponding number of Kyoto compliance units (called "Assigned Amount Units," or AAUs) have been cancelled


National low-carbon fuel standard forthcoming
  • Torys LLP
  • Canada
  • April 8 2010

On April 1, 2010, the federal government announced that it will be moving forward with new regulations that will require all gasoline to contain an average of 5 renewable fuel content by September 2010


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


UN concludes special summit on climate change
  • Torys LLP
  • Global
  • October 5 2009

The United Nations recently hosted a special summit on climate change, designed to build consensus among nearly 100 world leaders before the Copenhagen climate conference this December


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