Climate Change Law Practice Group Blog - 2008
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On July 18, 2008 Ontario’s Premier Dalton McGuinty announced that Ontario is moving from ‘observer’ status to a member of the Western Climate Initiative (WCI), which includes BC, [read more]
Posted by Andrew Lord
The voluntary market for carbon credits more than tripled in 2007 to USD $331 million, while the much larger regulated market more than doubled to USD $64 billion. Those [read more]
Submitted by Jason Fisher
The BBC News website has reported that the G8 nations and five important developing nations have been unable to craft a consensus policy on biofuels following meetings [read more]
I am often asked whether an offset can actually 'make a difference' to climate change. The straight answer is yes, the complicated answer is, yes, if done right. The main thing to remember [read more]
The UN General Assembly has adopted a new forest accord aimed at protecting forests in large part to support the communities that rely upon them for fuel, food, medicine and income. Although lauded [read more]
Submitted by Dan Jarvis and Adam Nott
A new fuel requirement in section 526 the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, signed by President Bush in December 2007 will prevent U.S. federal [read more]
Australia ratified Today marked the beginning of the 13th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Conference on Climate Change. The conference will run from the 3rd to the 14th [read more]
Submitted by Andrew Lord.
The EU has been extensively criticized for doling out too many greenhouse gas emissions allowances during the first phase of the European Trading System (EU ETS). The [read more]
Quebec has taken active steps towards a fight against climate change and to meet the 2012 Kyoto Protocol with its 2006 - 2012 action plan to reduce Quebec's greenhouse gas emissions. One of the [read more]
The Kyoto Protocol has been signed and ratified by every developed country in the world, with the exceptions of the US and Australia. Australia signed the treaty in 1997. Ironically, although it was [read more]
The Globe and Mail ran an interesting article about pre-packaged leafy greens and salad mixes today. The article basically says that along with the veggies you get a high chance of food poisoning [read more]
Submitted by Danielle Jarvis.
On September 4th, China released an ambitious "Middle and Long-Term Development Plan of Renewable Energies", which pledged to source 10% of China's [read more]
Long able to attract eco-tourists, Costa Rica is now positioning itself as a destination for environmentally conscious businesses.
On June 7, Costa Rican President Oscar Arias pledged that Costa [read more]
It would appear that a deal between BC Hydro and Alcan is back on.
This deal, which was originally rejected by the BCTC last year because it provided power that was more expensive than power generated [read more]
In February of 2007, the BC Government released its newest energy plan. Policy items 18, 19 and 20 discussed carbon offsets for power projects in BC. In particular:
18. All new electricity [read more]
Submitted by Danielle Jarvis.
As part of the Canadian federal government’s commitment to invest $100 million over three years in BC to reduce the consequences of the mountain pine beetle [read more]
With the establishment of Renewable Energy Portfolios in most Western states, BC’s commitment to produce 90% of its energy from Clean Sources and a growing demand for renewable energy certificates [read more]
Here is a small news item from the Infrastructure Journal that we just couldn’t resist posting:
The power of prayer apparently doesn't get the papal kettle boiling; for that the Vatican [read more]
Greenhouse gas emissions from international air travel were not covered by the Kyoto protocol because of the difficulty in assigning the emissions to a responsible country. Does a Canadian flying [read more]
The Western Regional Climate Action Initiative gained a new member on May 21, 2007, when Utah joined the pact. This membership to six States and one province. Utah is a welcome addition as they are [read more]
Air Canada has recently announced that along with the option for meals, blankets and assigned seating, passengers will soon be able to offset the greenhouse gas emissions associated with their flight [read more]
A month or so ago, Prime Minister Steven Harper took a spending tour of Canada and doled out cash promoting the Federal ecoTrust program. In particular, each province was allocated a portion of the [read more]
Both Yahoo and PepsiCo have announced that they will be going carbon neutral through the purchase of a series of carbon offsets. Yahoo will be offsetting 2/3 of its carbon footprint with the funding [read more]
A lot has happened in the news since our last post regarding emissions trading, but it still unclear what the landscape will look like in Canada. One thing appears to be clear, a cap and trade system [read more]
The British Columbia Ministry of Finance has flagged fiscal and tax measures as an important tool for reaching the emissions reductions goals of the province. They are now seeking input from the general [read more]
While BC continues to consider how to help the ocean energy market develop, the US moves another step forward with FERC approval for a number of ocean energy sites. Check here more details. [read more]
Energy can be generated from the oceans by harnessing the kinetic power generated by currents, tides and waves, as well as by placing wind turbines offshore. And there is a lot of energy to be [read more]
Hats off to the government of Prince Edward Island for coming up with a way to get local residents to literally buy into renewable energy. The governmant launched an "Energy Savings Bonds" [read more]
For those of you curious as to the exact details on the tax exemption relating to wind power, the 2007 Budget will be providing an exemption to wind power similar to the exemption provided in 2005 [read more]
The 2007 BC Budget has just been introduced to the Legislative Assembly and the Throne Speech is acknowledged. But if you were hoping for funds on climate change initiatives to appear in this [read more]
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