Climate regulation—USA—Q&A guide
Climate regulation—USA—Q&A guide

The following Environment practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Climate regulation—USA—Q&A guide
  • 1. Do any international agreements or regulations on climate matters apply in your country?
  • 2. How are the regulatory policies of your country affected by international regulations on climate matters?
  • 3. Outline recent government policy on climate matters.
  • 4. Identify the main national laws and regulations on climate matters.
  • 5. Identify the national regulatory authorities responsible for climate regulation and its implementation and administration. Outline their areas of competence.
  • 6. What are the main sources of emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) (or other regulated emissions) in your country and the quantities of emissions from those sources? Describe any limitation or reduction obligations. Do they apply to private parties in your country?
  • 7. Describe any major GHG emission reduction projects implemented or to be implemented in your country. Describe any similar projects in other countries involving the participation of government authorities or private parties from your country.
  • 8. Describe the main commercial aspects of the climate sector in your country, including any related government policies.
  • 9. Do any obligations for GHG emission limitation, reduction or removal apply to your country and private parties in your country? If so, describe the main obligations.
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Climate regulation—USA—Q&A guide

This Practice Note contains a jurisdiction-specific Q&A guide to climate regulation in USA published as part of the Lexology Getting the Deal Through series by Law Business Research (published: August 2020).

Authors: Beveridge & Diamond PC—Brook J. Detterman; Stacey J. Halliday; Casey T. Clausen; Jacob P. Duginski; Aron H. Schnur

1. Do any international agreements or regulations on climate matters apply in your country?

On 31 March 2015, the United States announced its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 26 per cent to 28 per cent below 2005 levels by 2025 as the basis for its ‘Intended Nationally Determined Contribution’ at the United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference. In April 2016, the US signed the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and later ratified it, committing, alongside nearly 200 other countries, to limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. However, in June 2017, President Trump announced that the US would pull out of the Agreement. Following that announcement, several US states formed a group called the US Climate Alliance, now with 24 member states and Puerto Rico, committed to upholding the objectives of the Paris Agreement despite federal withdrawal. State, municipal, academic, and corporate actors have also committed to meeting the Agreement’s goals regardless of federal involvement, through organisations such as America’s Pledge and We Are Still

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