Main novelties of Law Decree No. 17/2022 (D.L. Energia) on the energy sector

Law 27 April 2022, No. 34[1] converted with amendments Law Decree 1st March 2022, No. 17 concerning “Urgent measures to contain the cost of electricity and natural gas, develop renewables and relaunch industrial policies“, converted into (the “Decree“). The Decree, as amended, provides measures aiming both at increasing the energy production from renewable sources and simplifying 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 of free allocations under the UK ETS

The UK Emissions Trading Scheme (UK ETS) was launched on 1 January 2021 to replace the UK’s participation in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS). As explained in our previous blog post (here), both schemes work on the basis of a reducing cap with freely tradable allowances, and they currently cover the same industries. … Read more

Homes and public buildings – point 7 of the UK Government’s Ten Point Plan

One of the aspects of the Government’s new Ten Point Plan is to make homes and public buildings greener. According to Government figures, homes in the UK made up 15% of greenhouse gas emissions in 2018, or 22% if electricity consumption is included. The Government anticipates £11 billion of private investment in this area over … Read more

The scope of ESG: the rise and rise of sustainability-linked loans

In the later stages of the global pandemic, the importance of a green recovery has been emphasised across the globe, and ESG principles have permeated almost every aspect of life, including the financial markets. However, the acronym ESG has an enormously wide scope: where the move to net zero carbon emissions may be a longer … Read more

Federal government investment in emerging technologies and funding changes for ARENA and CEFC

This week the Australian federal government announced a $1.9 billion funding package targeting new and emerging technologies for the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC). This provides important funding certainty to ARENA and CEFC and is expected to substantially assist in Australia’s energy transition towards a lower emissions energy … Read more