- Lexis®PSL Environment weekly highlights—30 March 2017
- In this issue:
- Japanese Knotweed and the growth of an actionable nuisance
- A US carbon border tax?
- A new era of climate change reality—pollution, the impact on wildlife, and flooding
- Headlines (News updates & analysis)
- Brexit—UK formally triggers Article 50
- Climate change—IIGCC principles for developing a national emissions reduction plan published
- Corporate transactions—Responsible conduct in financial sector 'vital to sustainable global economy'
- Electricity market reform—BEIS confirms amendments to EII CfD scheme costs exemption
- Electricity market reform—Ofgem consults on amendments to Capacity Market Rules and provisional results of the Capacity Market auction
- Energy markets—impacts of carbon policies on UK energy-intensive industrial sectors
- EU environmental law—Updates on draft emissions regulations and the Environmental Liability Directive Work Programme
- International environmental law—Member States 'mixed' in their response to climate law negotiations
- Land contamination—Withdrawal of contaminated land funding ‘risk to public health’
- Marine planning—International roadmap agreed on marine spatial planning
- Nuclear energy—Government terminates major nuclear decommissioning contract early and launches inquiry
- Nuclear energy—Office for Nuclear Regulation confirms consent for start of construction of Hinkley Point C
- Sustainability in construction—Committee chairs outline infrastructure needs of a low-carbon economy
- Transport emissions—New ‘real-world’ emissions testing scheme for London
- Water industry regulation—Ofwat guidance on its approach to issues of competition law
- Relevant updates from other practice areas
- New and updated on Lexis®PSL Environment
- Related weekly highlights
- New Practice Notes
- New Overviews
- Updated Overview
- Updated Practice Notes
- Useful information
Welcome to the weekly highlights from the Lexis®PSL Environment team for the week ending 30 March 2017. This week’s edition of highlights includes feature articles relating to a landmark ruling relating to Japanese Knotweed and actionable nuisance, the likelihood of implementation of a US carbon border tax and items relating to climate change as part of our special series on this topic. We also include news items relating to triggering Article 50 and the associated environmental implications, publication by the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC) of principles that countries should employ when developing emissions reduction plans, a recent Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) report relating to responsible conduct in the financial sector, recent developments relating to Contracts for Difference and the Capacity Market, a Committee on Climate Change (CCC) report relating to the impacts of carbon policies on UK energy-intensive industrial sectors, several developments in EU environmental law and an update relating to delivery of the Paris Agreement. We also include items on the effect of withdrawal of contaminated land funding, agreement of an international roadmap on marine spatial planning, early termination of a major nuclear decommissioning contract, grant of consent for construction to start at Hinkley Point C, a letter to the chair of the National Infrastructure Commission outlining the infrastructure needs of a low carbon economy, a new ‘real world’ emissions testing scheme for London and issue by Ofwat of guidance on its approach to issues of competition law. In addition we cover relevant updates from other practice areas and include updates from our cases, consultation and legislation trackers. In addition we have published two new Practice Notes on the 2001 NEC Directive and landfill and environmental permit surrender and two new overviews on electricity and renewables. In addition we have updated our Practice Notes on sustainability and corporate social reporting for inhouse lawyers and key waste issues in landfill and our overview on emissions trading.
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