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Global Environment Newsletter - Spring 2016 edition

11 May 2016

 This issue covers the following topics:

  • International: The Paris Agreement: Reducing carbon emissions whilst creating business opportunities?  A Dutch perspective
  • EU: The Medium Combustion Plant Directive: New Emission Controls to affect Power, Manufacturing and Real Estate Sectors
  • Australia: South Australia considers Global Nuclear Waste Storage Facility: A Government inquiry has recommended an integrated storage and disposal facility which could accept international nuclear waste
  • China: A National Emissions Trading Scheme: Large energy consumers in 8 key industry sectors to be included in new national scheme
  • Germany: Increased Rights for Claimants in Environmental Court Cases: the German "foreclosure" rule is unlawful: claimants must be allowed to make arguments in court actions that were not raised at the earlier administrative decision-making stage
  • Poland: Renewables at a crossroads? Despite a delay to the introduction of a new auction-based contract for difference support mechanism, clarity is finally emerging as to the form of future financial support for renewable energy
  • Spain: New Possibilities for Redeveloping Previously Forested Land Cleared by Fires: A recent modification of the Forest Act 2003 allows for the lifting of the 30-year ban on new building development over burned forests which was established as a deterrent for speculative arsonists
  • UK: Reform of Groundwater Abstraction Regime: Water abstraction will be brought into the Environmental Permitting regime and introduce greater levels of flexibility to protect the environment whilst ensuring supplies
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