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Japan: Water Supply Act Amended

(Dec. 18, 2018) In an effort to counter issues faced by water supply businesses arising from both a decrease in water demand caused by Japan’s population decline and a decrease in the number of aging water facilities, the Diet (Japanese Parliament) has passed an act that amends the Water Supply Act. (Act No. 92 of […]

Togo: Parliament Adopts Bill to Promote Power Generation from Clean Sources

(Oct. 15, 2018) On July 24, 2018, Togo’s Parliament adopted a bill to promote power generation from clean sources. (Ouverture de la deuxième session extraordinaire de l’année 2018 [2018’s Second Extraordinary Assembly], Assemblée Nationale Togolais [Togolese National Assembly] website (all translations by author).) The bill was approved unanimously and includes 59 articles organized in seven […]

China: New System Relating Corporate Average Fuel Consumption to New Energy Vehicle Sales Takes Effect

(May 9, 2018) On April 1, 2018, the Measures on Parallel Administration of Passenger Car Enterprise Average Fuel Consumption and New Energy Vehicle Credits took effect. The Measures establish a “parallel administration” system for auto companies’ corporate average fuel consumption (CAFC) and new energy vehicle (NEV) sales, aiming to promote new energy cars and provide […]

Iran: Cabinet Abandons Directive on Scrapping Old Cars to Reduce Air Pollution

(Dec. 5, 2017) Pressure from Iran’s automakers and the country’s Ministry of Industry, Mines and Trade has led to the cancellation by the Council of Ministers (Cabinet) of a recently adopted directive aimed at combating the high levels of air pollution in Iran’s big cities, 80% of which comes from automotive sources. (Ameer Hossein Askarian, […]

Italy: Nuclear Security Legislation Now in Force

(Nov. 7, 2017) On October 10, 2017, legislation implementing a 2014 amendment to the European Union accord on nuclear security entered into effect in Italy. (Legislative Decree No. 137 of September 15, 2017, Implementation of Council Directive 2014/87/Euratom of 8 July 2014 Amending Directive 2009/71/Euratom Establishing a Community Framework for the Nuclear Safety of Nuclear […]

Iran: Law to Protect Wetlands

(July 10, 2017) In an effort to counteract the combined effects of climate change, water crises, and human activities that have turned Iran’s once-thriving wetlands into sources of dust and sand storms, the Iranian Parliament has passed the Law to Protect, Restore, and Manage the Country’s Wetlands (Wetlands Protection Law). (Law on Wetlands Protection Ready, […]

Japan/India: Diet Approves Civil Nuclear Cooperation Agreement

(June 14, 2017) The upper house (House of Councillors) of the Diet (Japan’s parliament) approved the Japan-India Civil Nuclear Cooperation Agreement on June 7, 2017. (Information on Bills: Japan-India Civil Nuclear Cooperation Agreement, House of Councillors website (in Japanese).) The Agreement had previously been signed on November 11, 2016. (Reason for Submission: Treaty No. 3, […]

Italy: New Legislation on Alternative Fuels in Force

(Feb. 13, 2017) On January 14, 2017, new legislation implementing European Union regulations on alternative fuels entered into effect in Italy. (Legislative Decree No. 257 of December 16, 2016, Implementing Directive 2014/94/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2014 on the Deployment of Alternative Fuels Infrastructure (L.D. No. 257), GAZZETTA […]

Indonesia: New Rapid Licensing Available for Energy Companies

(Feb. 2, 2017) On January 30, 2017, Indonesia’s Investment Coordinating Board and the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources jointly initiated a rapid, one-stop process for licensing some energy businesses.  Temporary licenses for eight types of operations in the oil and gas sector and for one in the electricity procurement industry will be available.  Applicants […]

Cuba/United States: Agreement on Oil Spill Preparedness

(Jan. 17, 2017) On January 9, 2017, it was announced that authorities from the United States and Cuba had signed an agreement covering matters related to preparedness for and responses to incidents of hazardous substance pollution and oil spills in the Straits of Florida and the Gulf of Mexico. (Press Release, United States and Cuba […]