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Nigeria: Petroleum Industry Bill Considered

(Jan. 27, 2009) The Nigerian National Assembly is considering a bill, An Act to Establish the Legal and Regulatory Framework, Institutions and Regulatory Authorities for the Nigerian Petroleum Industry, which seeks to restructure the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and make its operations transparent. Under its current structure, the NNPC is empowered to operate under […]

China: Recycling Economy Promotion Law to Take Effect

(Nov. 25, 2008) The Recycling Economy Promotion Law (also translated as the “Circular Economy Promotion Law”) was recently passed by the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC) and will take effect on January 1, 2009. The “recycling economy” refers to reducing, reusing, and recycling activities in the process of production, circulation, and […]

Mexico: Historic Reform of Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) and Approval of Renewable and Sustainable Energy Bills

(Nov. 6, 2008) Three important bills – on the reform of Reform of Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX), on renewable energy, and on sustainable energy – were recently approved by the Mexican Congress. They will become law after their official publication in DIARIO OFICIAL, the official gazette of the Federal Government of Mexico. In an address to […]

European Union: Weekly Publication of Status of Oil Reserves

(July 2, 2008) Amidst skyrocketing fuel prices across the European Union, with allegations that speculators are the cause of the high fuel costs and general uncertainty about the oil market, the EU has called for more transparency on oil stocks, in order to get a more “coherent picture” of the market in oil. On July […]

Taiwan: Sustainable Energy Plan

(July 2, 2008) On June 5, 2008, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) passed guidelines on policies to promote the sustainable use of energy. Under the new guidelines, the proportion of low-carbon energy used to generate power is to be increased by 2025 to 55 percent from the current 40 percent. Nuclear power is listed as an […]

Malaysia: Foreigners Banned from Getting Cheap Gas

(June 2, 2008) Malaysian Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Shahrir Abdul Samad announced on May 26, 2008, that operators of foreign-registered vehicles will be forbidden to buy any gasoline in border areas of Malaysia. Subsidies have kept prices for both gasoline and diesel fuel substantially lower in Malaysia than in neighboring Singapore and Thailand, […]

Germany: Biofuel Requirements

(May 2, 2008) On April 4, 2008, Sigmar Gabriel, the Federal Environmental Minister of Germany, withdrew a controversial draft regulation that contained strict sustainability criteria for biofuels and that would have increased the required percentage of biofuel in gasoline for motor vehicles from the current five percent (Biokraftstoffquotengesetz, Dec. 18, 2006, BUNDESGESETZBLATT I at 3180) […]

Germany: Energy-Using Products

(May 2, 2008) On February 27, 2008, the German Parliament enacted the Act Concerning Energy-Using Products (BUNDESGESETZBLATT I at 258), which transposes into German law the European Union's Eco-Design Directive (Directive 2005/32/EC of the European Parliament and the Council of July 6, 2005, establishing a framework for the setting of ecodesign requirements for energy-using products, […]

China: New Energy Management Structure

(Apr. 2, 2008) On March 11, 2008, Hua Jianmin, Secretary-General of the State Council (Cabinet), announced that China will establish a National Energy Commission. The high-level consultation and coordination body is to integrate "energy management supervision and policies, functions that are currently dispersed among many government agencies." (Further on Hua Jianmin Announces Overhaul of Energy […]

Germany: Coal Mining Subsidies

(Apr. 2, 2008) On December 12, 2007, the President of Germany promulgated the Act to Finance the Termination of Subsidized Coal Mining by 2018 (BUNDESGESETZBLATT I at 3086). The Act is the result of an agreement between the German Federal Government and the states of North Rhine-Westphalia and Saarland, where the German hard coal mines […]