Charging forward – Ofgem’s drive to electrify transport

On Saturday, 4 September 2021, Ofgem (the energy regulator in Great Britain) published its plans to further support the UK’s transition to electric vehicles (EVs) in the deployment of EVs and their integration into the electricity system. Ofgem aims to get the network ready for EVs and ensure there is sufficient network capacity for EV … 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 aims to protect against carbon leakage with a carbon border adjustment mechanism (EU CBAM)

On 14 July 2021, the European Commission (the Commission) published its proposed regulation which would establish a carbon border adjustment mechanism (EU CBAM) (the Regulation), and is intended to come into effect, subject to transitional provisions, from 1 January 2023. The Regulation would require importers of certain goods to purchase a number of electronic certificates, … 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

European Commission publishes proposals for European Green Bond Standard

The European Commission (the Commission) published a draft legislative proposal for the long-awaited European Green Bond Standard (EU GBS) which was published alongside the Strategy for Financing the Transition to a Sustainable Economy on 6 July 2021. The EU GBS is intended to be a voluntary “gold standard” for green bonds and will provide a … Read more