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Jonathan Cocker co-presented and spoke at the breakout session “Sustainability: What’s Driving the Agenda and How Can Your Business Evolve to Meet and Stay Ahead of Demand?” alongside Christine Constantine, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility (Baker McKenzie), Jeremy Schwartz, Ex CEO (The Body Shop), Julia Dickenson, Senior Associate (Baker McKenzie), Emily Tilden-Smith, Associate (Baker McKenzie), and Francesca Richmond, Partner, Dispute Resolution (Baker McKenzie), during the Luxury Law Summit which took place at the Ham Yard…

On September 21, 2016, Brazil ratified the Paris Agreement executed under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) with the objective to promote greenhouse gases reduction as well as to avoid the increase of the global average temperature, among others. In such context, parties have committed to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions through the so-called Nationally Determined Contributions, which in the case of Brazil corresponds to a reduction of 37% of the 2005…

Jonathan Cocker will be presenting the “North America’s First Circular Economy WEEE Law – Strategies for Compliance” Webinar, hosted by Compliance & Risks on Wednesday, April 18th live at 16:00 GMT. North America’s first Circular Economy law has been passed in Ontario, which is set to fundamentally change end-of-life obligations for the electronics industry. Producers and importers of all electrical and electronic equipment sold in Ontario will be obliged to divert e-waste from landfills through…

The Province of Ontario has just issued draft policy on renewable fuel standards,  Developing a modern renewable fuel standard for gasoline in Ontario (“RFS Policy”) which may well create the dynamic conditions for innovation in the fuels sector that are long overdue. Performance is 5% GHG Emissions Reductions The RFS Policy sets a “performance-based” standard for renewable fuels without any particular allegiance to any particular renewable fuel additive, such as RFS stalwart ethanol.   The current provincial…

*Our Firm’s EMI group has authored this helpful summary on the anticipated impact of the recent US election upon energy, mining and infrastructure, which will also have implications for our environmental and climate change practices: The surprise election of Donald Trump has caused a flurry of research to discover, and often reconcile, Trump’s policy proposals. Other than relatively broad platitudes, Trump’s plans for many sectors of the economy are unclear and at times inconsistent.…

The scene was almost reminiscent of the bad old days of Trudeau I and the National Energy Program. The federal government announces a minimum carbon price in the House of Commons while the provincial premiers are meeting elsewhere, prompting a very public walk-out by a dissident group, none of whose provinces have carbon reduction programs in place. In the resulting media scrum, threats of constitutional challenges to the federal climate change strategy ring out. Feds Reclaim…

In reading the recent news reports on the September 27th, 2016 approval by the federal government of the Pacific Northwest Liquid Natural Gas plant and terminal near Prince Rupert, British Columbia, it would appear that no stakeholders were happy with the decision.  In fact, many claim surprise if not outright shock over the terms set under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act Permit and much mention is made of the “190 conditions”. But a careful review…

The tax credit for carbon capture and sequestration has been in the news this month. Congress is considering whether to extend and expand the credit, and environmental groups like Green Scissors are voicing opposition. This post explains the carbon capture tax credit, found in Section 45Q of the Internal Revenue Code, and it explores whether the credit has a future. What is the Section 45Q tax credit and who can benefit? The carbon capture tax…