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Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP | Germany | 31 Aug 2021

Climate change litigation in Germany

This article analyses whether climate-related decisions against corporations may be possible in Germany by providing a summary of concluded and pending climate litigation as well as potential claims and their respective legal hurdles relating to claims for injunctive relief and damages. In brief, based on existing case law, potential claims often fail due to not establishing a sufficient......
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Arnecke Sibeth Dabelstein | Germany | 28 Jul 2021

Sustainable aviation fuel in Germany

The production and use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) is at the centre of the legislature's agenda for the coming years – both in the European Union and in EU member states. This article focuses on the current developments in Germany, where the legislature is about to introduce a minimum quota for the quantity of SAF placed on the market from 2026 onwards as part of its greenhouse gas......
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IP Law Galli | Italy | 26 Jul 2021

Ecological transition and intellectual property: new government programmes

Many governments have begun implementing plans to recover from the covid-19 pandemic. Such plans often incorporate support measures relating to two key topics – namely, intellectual property and sustainability. This article discusses the connection between these topics and how their combination can lead to progressive development.
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Advokatfirman Lindahl | Sweden | 12 Jul 2021

New official report on species protection

The Species Protection Inquiry, which was established in 2020 to review the regulation concerning species protection, recently submitted its final report, "Protection of Species – our communal responsibility", to the government. The report has been received with differing opinions on the suggested changes to the regulation. Any reform that clarifies the species protection regulation is warmly......
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Schoenherr | Austria | 14 Jun 2021

Energy from biomass and biogas

The eagerly awaited Renewable Expansion Law relies on market premiums aimed at compensating for the difference between the production costs of electricity from renewable sources and the average market price for electricity. This article considers aspects of the law concerning biomass and biogas, including the tender process and qualifying criteria, the calculation of the market premium and......
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Schoenherr | Austria, European Union | 14 Jun 2021

Supreme Administrative Court once again favours environmental organisations

The Supreme Administrative Court remains on course with its pro-environmental organisation (EO) case law. In recent months, the court has issued several more interesting rulings that seem to strengthen EOs' position in nature conservation proceedings. However, these decisions run contrary to the Lower Austrian legislature's aim of ensuring legal certainty.
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Nishimura & Asahi | Japan | 31 May 2021

METI green innovation fund

In order to help achieve the goal of carbon neutrality by 2050, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has decided to develop a green innovation fund of Y2 trillion as part of the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organisation. METI has noted that the fund should focus on providing support to companies engaging in fields which have significant policy effects and......
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Wikborg Rein | Norway | 26 May 2021

Green shipping: governmental support scheme for green offshore vessels

In furtherance of its ambition to cut CO2 emissions from the short-sea shipping industry by 50% by 2030, the government recently announced that NKr150 million has been earmarked to support green investments in offshore vessels in 2021. With the international focus on green and sustainable shipping, this is a welcome development for shipowners in the Norwegian market and an important......
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Arent Fox LLP | USA | 30 Apr 2021

Biden to utilise Export-Import Bank as key element in new International Climate Finance Plan

President Joe Biden recently announced his International Climate Finance Plan as a follow up to his January 2021 Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad. Among other things, the plan is supposed to be a boon to US companies, particularly manufacturers of products and technologies viewed as environmentally beneficial. Accordingly, the Export-Import Bank is expected to......
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Levitan Sharon & Co | Israel | 26 Apr 2021

Class action for bodily injury due to environmental pollution

A non-profit organisation filed a claim and a motion to certify the claim as a class action against 30 plants in the Haifa Bay region, arguing that the plants polluted the environment and caused bodily injuries to the class members who were exposed to the hazardous materials which the plants emitted. The respondents held that it was impossible to handle a claim for bodily injuries caused by......
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