SEC Proposes New Rules Requiring Climate-Related Disclosures

On Monday, March 21, 2022, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued highly anticipated proposed rules that would require the disclosure of climate-related information by domestic and foreign public companies in their registration statements and periodic SEC filings.  At present, members of the public have 60 days to submit comments to the SEC on … Read more

COP26 SERIES: NATIONALLY DETERMINED CONTRIBUTIONS

As the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26 or the Conference) draws near, the spotlight on international efforts to tackle climate change intensifies. COP26 is an important Conference for many reasons, one of which is that it will be the first Conference at which new and/or updated Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) will be discussed. WHAT ARE … Read more

COP26 SERIES: NATURE BASED SOLUTIONS

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY There is increasing interest in the role Nature-based Solutions’ (“NbS”) are to play in adaptation and mitigation of climate change at COP26. Its role, especially in the context of Article 6 relating to carbon markets, will be of critical concern to many countries and blocs especially Brazil and the African Group of Negotiators. … Read more

COP26 SERIES: CLIMATE FINANCE

The COP26 Private Finance Hub was set up to help bridge the gap between the Paris Agreement targets and the very significant changes across world economies that are required to meet those targets. It is led by Mark Carney, and its objective for COP26 is to ensure that every professional financial decision takes climate change … Read more

COP26 SERIES: CARBON MARKET MECHANISMS AND COP26

OVERVIEW The Paris Agreement, adopted by 196 Parties at COP21 in Paris, aims to limit global warming to below 2, preferably to 1.5, degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial levels. The Paris Agreement included a number of methods and goals for achieving this target. In particular, Article 6 contains three carbon pricing mechanisms, two of which … Read more

UN CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE (COP26)

As nearly 200 nations descend on Glasgow from 1 November for the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26), the UN-backed forum for tackling climate change, the annual summit will be a defining moment in the battle to mobilise states and policymakers. The first COP to assess government climate plans submitted under the Paris Agreement, 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

ARBITRATION OF CLIMATE CHANGE DISPUTES

On 28 November 2019, the International Chamber of Commerce Task Force on Arbitration of Climate Change Related Disputes released their Report on Resolving Climate Change Related Disputes through Arbitration and ADR  (“ICC Report“). The 66-page ICC Report explores existing and anticipated climate change-related  disputes and the benefits of using arbitration to resolve these. Read more