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Global Environment Newsletter - Winter 2016/17 edition

8 December 2016

4 November 2016 marked a milestone in the transition to a low carbon economy as the Paris Agreement on Climate Change entered into force. The COP22 meeting in Marrakech in November has begun to take the implementation of this agreement forward. The Paris Agreement has not, however, been the only international agreement on emissions reduction making the headlines; three other international agreements have recently been reached to tackle emissions from aviation, hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and shipping. We look at these along with a number of European developments on carbon reduction and low carbon markets, and some important developments in Belgium, China, Czech Republic and the UK.

Topics covered:

  • International:  ACO Global Market-Based Measure for Offsetting Emissions from Aviation
  • International:  Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer amended to phase down use of Hydrofluorocarbons
  • International:  International Maritime Organisation: Sulphur Content of Shipping Fuel Oil to be further capped in 2020
  • Europe:  Major consultation package on EU Energy Union
  • Europe:  Carbon Reduction "Effort Sharing" and Land Use Regulations proposed
  • Belgium:  New Flemish Permitting Regime broadly survives challenge in the National Constitutional Court
  • China:  Work Plan for Controlling GHG Emissions during 2016-2020 published
  • Czech Republic:  Supreme Administrative Court clarifies IPPC Permit Rules
  • UK:  BREXIT and the environment – Moving on beyond the Referendum
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