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Borden Ladner Gervais LLP | Canada | 15 Aug 2022

Canada finalises its promised single-use plastic ban

The government published the Single-use Plastics Prohibition Regulations under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act 1999. The Regulations prohibit the manufacturing, importing, sale and exporting of six categories of single-use plastic (SUP) items with some exemptions, crafted to ease businesses into the transition or provide access to certain SUPs for Canadians with disabilities. The......
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Schoenherr | Austria | 8 Aug 2022

Court further strengthens participation rights of environmental organisations

In its most recent decision in connection with the Fauna-Flora-Habitat Directive, the Supreme Administrative Court found that environmental organisations – contrary to the principles of process prerequisites in the Austrian legal system – do not have to prove an interest in legal protection. The decision shows that despite the efforts made under EU law to ensure effective environmental......
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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP | USA | 18 Jul 2022

StEPing up to the plate: DOJ restores favoured enforcement resolution tool

The US Department of Justice has made way for the return of supplemental environmental projects as a tool to settle violations of federal environmental laws while delivering environmental benefits. Coming five years after the Trump administration prohibited their use, these payments represent one facet of a multipronged approach to improve environmental enforcement efforts seeking to benefit......
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Freitas Ferraz Advogados | Brazil | 29 Jun 2022

Environmental liability in M&A transactions – what are the risks?

In Brazil, any company that harms the environment can be civilly, administratively and criminally liable. Although the procedures to investigate each of these three forms of liability is independent, the consequences and penalties arising from them can overlap. Because of those risks, environmental liability has become a sensitive topic in M&As regarding the ways in which the target companies......
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Herbert Smith Freehills LLP | Australia | 8 Jun 2022

New Government, new Minister, new Federal environmental laws?

Going into the recent Federal Election, the Australian Labor Party committed to: establishing an independent Environment Protection Agency (EPA); and…
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Troutman Pepper | USA | 6 Jun 2022

EPA’s Clean Water Act Certification Proposal to Significantly Impact Hydropower Licensing

On June 1, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a pre-publication version of its proposal to re-write the Clean Water Act Section 401…
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KaiRong Law Firm | China | 30 May 2022

Courts opt for continued performance of contract in light of consideration for protection of marine resources

When a party asked to terminate a contract on the basis of a failure to pay that he had created, both the Dalian Maritime Court and the High Court of Liaoning Province could not easily confirm the termination of the contract. Appropriate exploitation of marine resources played an important role in this case.
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Seyfarth Shaw LLP | USA | 27 May 2022

C-PACE lending

Commercial property-assessed clean energy (C-PACE) lending is available in at least 38 states and is becoming a popular financing option for borrowers desiring financing for "green" energy projects designed to increase energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions. The C-PACE lending environment is constantly evolving, as states and local municipalities continue to pass enabling......
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Lexology PRO | Asia-Pacific, Australia, Canada, etc. | 11 May 2022

Goodbye plastic: key packaging and recycling regulations (May 2022)

Manufacturers and importers face plastic taxes, extended producer responsibility schemes and waste management responsibilities in the global move towards circular economies.
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Garrigues | European Union, Portugal | 10 May 2022

Tudo o que precisa de saber sobre o plano de implementação da nova legislação ‘whistleblowing’

At ao dia 18 de junho de 2022, as empresas (pblicas ou privadas) e as entidades pblicas, nomeadamente as que empreguem 50 ou mais trabalhadores, esto…
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