EU Commission approves Dutch State Aid for hydrogen production

Late 2020 recorded the publication at European level of significant documents and decisions in relation to hydrogen. In particular, following the Hydrogen Strategy implemented by the Commission in July 2020[1], on 11 December the Council published its conclusions on the steps to be taken to create a hydrogen market for Europe[2], on 17 December an … Read more

Victoria gets ready to REZ: Discussion Paper on renewable energy zones (REZ) released ahead of Implementation Plan due in July

Victoria joins New South Wales and Queensland in decentralising the path towards “Net Zero”, setting out a roadmap for development of its renewable energy zones (REZ), including the establishment of VicGrid to oversee planning and development, and allocating a AUS$540 million REZ Fund in the State Budget. Snapshot A new entity ‘VicGrid’ is being established … Read more

EU Taxonomy Regulation – proposed technical screening criteria for climate change mitigation and adaptation

EU Taxonomy Regulation – proposed technical screening criteria for climate change mitigation and adaptation On 20 November 2020 the European Commission published the proposed draft technical screening criteria for climate change mitigation and adaptation in the form of a draft delegated regulation, which was open to consultation until 18 December 2020. The Taxonomy Regulation came … Read more

Recent developments in the French hydrogen sector: the draft hydrogen ordinance

A French version of this article is available here. France set out in its 2020 hydrogen strategy ambitious goals of becoming a world-leader in the hydrogen sector. One important tool in furthering this strategy is the development of a clear regulatory scheme tailored to the H2 ecosystem. Recently, the Government published a draft hydrogen ordonnance … Read more

Chile’s Decarbonisation Strategy: Leading the Way by Example

Fighting climate change is a particularly relevant goal for Latin America since it is home to half of the planet’s biodiversity and over a quarter of its forests.[1]  It therefore does not come as a surprise that all the Latin American and Caribbean countries ratified the Paris Agreement between 2016 and 2018.  The Paris Agreement aims to limit global warming … Read more

The EU Commission’s evolving Green Deal strategy – more clarity please

On 4 February 2021, the European Commission’s long-awaited Conference on Competition Policy Contributing to the European Green Deal took place (see our previous blog on the consultation preceding the conference here).  The conference was opened by Commission Executive Vice President and Commissioner in charge of competition policy, Margrethe Vestager. The European Green Deal, announced in December … Read more

Climate change and the role of regulators

The post below was first published on our Public Law Notes blog In November 2020, the government announced an ambitious ten-point plan to boost green jobs and reach net-zero. The plan was the most recent recognition at a national-level of the pressing need to combat climate change. It addresses an expansive set of topics: from offshore wind to walking … Read more

The importance of correctly approaching regulations and guidance in regulatory decisions

The High Court held in Havant Biogas Ltd & Ors v Gas & Electricity Markets Authority [2021] EWHC 84 (Admin) that Ofgem’s refusal to register the claimants as producers for a subsidy scheme contained public law errors in relation to the registration requirements and so remitted the applications to Ofgem for reconsideration. The case demonstrates the importance of … Read more