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The Climate Report | First Quarter 2024


U.S. SEC Finalizes Climate Disclosure Rules
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has adopted much anticipated climate-related disclosure rules.


UK Emissions Trading Scheme Consultations
 Two consultations launched by the UK's Department for Energy Security and Net Zero in December 2023 may have a significant impact on the less efficient carbon emitter participants, in particular ones who may have been over-reliant on free allowances.


U.S. Federal Highway Administration Enacts GHG Performance Rule for On-Road Emissions on the National Highway System
The rule—which is already subject to challenge—creates a framework for State Departments of Transportation and metropolitan planning organizations to measure and track GHG emissions based on the percent changes in on-road tailpipe carbon dioxide emissions relative to the reference year of 2022.


U.S. FAA Publishes Airplane Fuel Efficiency Final Rule

The rule adopts a January 2021 EPA standard addressing domestic airplane greenhouse gas emissions by certain "covered" aircraft into the FAA's aircraft certification regulations.


New French Incentives for Green Buildings and Green Industry

The incentives promote French solar panel production and, more broadly, green industrial investments through the so-called "Green Industry Tax Credit" introduced by the French Finance Act for 2024.


UK FCA Publishes Sustainability Disclosure Requirements and Investment Labels

The long-awaited rules and guidance are intended to improve trust and bring greater transparency to the market for sustainable investment products, including those claiming to have positive climate change mitigation or adaptation impacts.


Australian Government Releases Draft Climate Disclosure Laws

As discussed in a recent Jones Day Commentary, the Australian government released its widely anticipated exposure draft legislation for the introduction of Australia's national mandatory climate-related financial disclosures regime.


Climate Litigation in Australia Remains Active

Australia continues to be a highly active jurisdiction for climate-related lawsuits commenced against corporations and government bodies, with plaintiffs experiencing mixed success.


Class Action "Greenwashing" Bottled Water Lawsuit Survives Motion to Dismiss in New York Federal Court

The case, filed in the midst of a global rise in greenwashing litigation against a variety of industries, exemplifies the risks associated with green campaigns.


Young Americans See Promising Path for Future Climate Litigation

With recent progress at both the state and federal levels, young climate litigants are now poised to go head-to-head with the EPA.



U.S. EPA's New Methane Emissions Charge – My Wallet or Yours?

Parties should carefully consider the burdens and opportunities of the EPA's new Proposed Rule on methane emissions charges when scrutinizing existing contractual arrangements and negotiating new ones.



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