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Global Environment Newsletter - Winter 2017/18 edition

19 December 2017

Welcome to the Winter edition of our Global Environment newsletter. This edition covers the following topics:

  • EU:  Conflict Minerals Regulation Adopted: EU imposes new rules to ensure supply chains do not use minerals from conflict affected areas
  • EU: Best Available Techniques Standards Published for Large Combustion Plants: New BAT reference documents will impose stricter emission limits
  • EU: Achieving Sustainable Finance in the European Economy: Fiduciary duties of institutional investors and asset managers look likely to broaden
  • International:  HFC Phase Down and Mercury Phase Out on the Horizon: Kigali Amendment on HFCs comes into force and the Minamata Convention to come into force in 2019
  • Germany: Prospects Increase for Bans on Fossil Fuel-Powered Vehicles in German Cities: German courts rule that bans can be implemented based on current road traffic laws
  • Netherlands: Rights of "Interested Parties" to Request Enforcement of Environmental Law: Dutch Council of State sets out new rules on qualification as an interested party
  • UK:  Update on Brexit and Environment and Climate Change: The UK Government responds to concerns on potential weakening of environmental law Post-Brexit, and to EU proposals on the EU Emissions Trading Scheme.

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