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Environment weekly highlights—5 September 2019

Published on: 05 September 2019
Published by: LexisPSL
  • Environment weekly highlights—5 September 2019
  • In this issue:
  • Spending round 2019
  • Air emissions and climate change
  • Reaching net-zero—the legal sector faces ‘a time of significant change’
  • Reaching net-zero—the government has given itself some ‘flexibility’
  • World’s first case to protect indigenous Australians against climate change
  • Eight weeks for local authorities to implement climate change plans
  • Government call for evidence to develop Clean Steel Fund
  • All climate change projections show sea level rising
  • More...

Article summary

This week's edition of Environment weekly highlights includes a two-part series of analysis on ‘Reaching net-zero’, the first of which provides a legal perspective, considering the possibility of an increase in climate change litigation and how businesses could seize an opportunity to gain through greener investment and looks at the government’s approach to meeting its target in light of the multitude of reports which have raised issue with it. The second part provides the industry perspective, raising the point that the government has ensured it has some subtle ‘flexibility’ should it fail to reach net zero and emphasises that achieving net zero is dependent on consumer support withstanding the ‘eye-watering’ costs which come with reducing carbon emissions. We also include analysis from Simon Milnes, barrister at Twenty Essex Street, which examines Billy et al v Australia—the first ever occasion that a United Nations human rights treaty body has been asked to rule on an individual human rights complaint concerning a Member State’s obligations regarding climate change, and environment highlights from the spending round. We have also published two new Practice Notes on the Plastics Directive (EU) 2019/904 and the Renewables obligation (RO) transition: fixed price certificate scheme (FPC Scheme) along with updates to our existing content. or take a trial to read the full analysis.

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