Getting to net zero in the energy sector: “practice makes cheap”

5 November 2021 was Climate Law and Policy day at COP 26 in Glasgow. I was lucky enough to speak on an expert panel hosted by the EBRD on “Reallocating International Capital and the Role of Law”. Wearing my McDonald Clan tartan tie, and beamed in via Zoom, I delivered an abridged version of the … Read more

The IPCC 2021 Climate Change Report – An Overview

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released its 2021 AR6 climate change report (Report), as well as a summary for policy leaders. The Report addresses the current understanding of the climate system and climate change as well as the future possibilities of what could occur. In early 2022, the IPCC plans … Read more

Russia makes further steps towards GHG emissions reduction

In one of our previous articles we provided an update on greenhouse gas (GHG) regulation in Russia covering, among other matters, the draft Russian law on reduction of GHG emissions. With active discussions regarding the EU carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM) in the background,[1] the revised draft finally became law on 2 June 2021[2] (the … Read more

Fit for 55 – EU aligns emissions trading system with 2030 emissions ambition

The EU Commission has published a proposed Directive to amend the EU (Emissions Trading System) ETS Directive (Directive 2003/87/EC), the Market Stability Reserve (MSR) Decision (Decision (EU) 2015/1814) and the MRV Regulation (Regulation 2015/757). Being part of the EU’s ‘fit for 55’ package, the purpose of these amendments is to align the EU ETS Directive … Read more

Fit for 55 – EU reveals suite of proposals to combat climate change

The EU has revealed its ‘fit for 55’ suite of policies, which extends to about 2,000 pages and is designed to take a pro-active approach to combating climate change and to introduce a suite of proposals aimed at making Europe ‘the first climate neutral continent in the world’. Fit for 30: striking a balance The … Read more

FUTURE CITIES – THE PODCAST SERIES

Building on our series exploring the prospects of the modern city, our new podcast brings you interviews, commentary and fresh perspectives on one of the defining social and economic forces of modern life. Tune in and hear from our leading figures across a range of disciplines as they join industry experts to share insights and … Read more