The Climate Report | Third Quarter 2020

Climate Change Regulatory Issues & Updates

CEQ Finalizes Overhaul of NEPA Regulations and Narrows Consideration of Climate Change Effects

The amendments have the potential to reduce National Environmental Policy Act costs and delays for all energy and infrastructure projects that require federal agency action.


French Financial Legal Committee Report Reflects on Climate Change Liability

The report comments on the consequences of a recent legal amendment that pertains to corporate social and environmental responsibility, particularly with respect to climate change issues and climate change litigation recently initiated before French tribunals.


Climate Change Litigation Issues & Updates

Challenges to Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient Vehicles Rule Keep Coming

Petitioners in Union of Concerned Scientists v. NHTSA, Case No. 19-1230 (D.C. Cir.), filed briefs with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, arguing against the first part of the Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient Vehicles Rule, known as the "One National Program" Rule.


European Court of Justice Imposes Stringent Environmental Assessment Requirements for Renewable Energy Projects

The decision is likely to hinder or at least slow down the development of renewable energy and potentially other projects designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.


Climate Change Transactional Issues & Updates

European Commission Launches Innovation Fund Call for Proposals to Support Innovative Clean Energy Projects

The Fund will finance a wide range of innovative technologies in the sectors of energy-intensive industries, renewable energy, energy storage, carbon capture and utilization, and carbon capture and storage, as well as support projects on innovative low-carbon solutions.


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