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International: International Finance Corporation Faces Renewed Lawsuits Regarding Financing for Coal-fired Power Plant in India

(Feb. 27, 2020) Following last year’s landmark win in their case before the U.S. Supreme Court, the plaintiffs in Jam v. International Finance Corporation (IFC) are still searching for remedy—and legal clarity—in their lawsuit regarding environmental damages caused by the construction and functioning of the Tata Mundra Plant in India. The search for remedy has […]

France: European Court Finds France in Violation of Air Quality Rules

(Nov. 25, 2019) The Court of Justice of the European Union (EU) ruled on October 24, 2019, that France has “systematically and persistently exceeded the annual limit value for nitrogen dioxide since 1 January 2010.” This decision was taken on the basis of three European directives: Council Directive 96/62/EC of 27 September 1996 on ambient […]

Russia: Law on Conducting Experiment Concerning Establishment of Quotas for Atmospheric Pollutants Adopted

(Sept. 23, 2019) On July 26, 2019, the president of the Russian Federation signed into law a bill aimed at setting temporary quotas for pollutant emissions. The Federal Law on Conducting an Experiment Concerning the Setting of Quotas for Emissions of Pollutants and Amending Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation on Reducing Air Pollution (Emissions Quota […]

Brazil: Brazilian President Signs Decree Authorizing Use of Armed Forces in Amazon Region

(Sept. 19, 2019) On August 23, 2019, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro signed Decree No. 9,985 (Decreto No. 9,985, de 24 de Agosto de 2019) authorizing the use of the armed forces to assist in fighting fires in the Amazon forest. Article 1 of Decree No. 9,985 authorizes the use of the armed forces to guarantee […]

Colombia: Congress Passes Laws Aimed at Improving Air Quality

(July 31, 2019) On July 18, 2019, the Colombian Congress passed a law aimed at reducing the emission of air pollutants—80% of which, according to the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, are produced by national transport, especially diesel vehicles. (Mejorar la calidad del aire, compromiso del Gobierno Duque en el Día Mundial del Medio […]

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: 2020 Air Pollution Action Plan Released

(Aug. 16, 2018) On June 27, 2018, the State Council (China’s cabinet) released a three-year action plan for tackling air pollution, which sets up targets for improving the air quality of the country by 2020. (State Council, Three-Year Action Plan for Winning the Blue Sky War (Guo Fa [2018] No. 22, June 27, 2018) (Three-Year […]

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 […]

Germany: Federal Administrative Court Allows Cities to Ban Diesel-Fueled Vehicles to Reduce Air Pollution

(Mar. 28, 2018) On February 27, 2018, Germany’s highest administrative court, the Federal Administrative Court (Bundesverwaltungsgericht, BVerwG), held in two not-yet-published decisions that older and more-polluting diesel-run vehicles could be banned from predefined zones in the cities and metropolitan areas that are the worst affected by nitrogen dioxide (NO2)-polluted air. The Federal Administrative Court thereby […]

Taiwan: Action Plan to Reduce Air Pollution, Shift to Electric Vehicles

(Dec. 29, 2017) On December 21, 2017, Taiwan’s Executive Yuan (Cabinet) publicly announced an action plan to cut air pollution and foster renewable energy. One component of the plan will be a ban on the sale of nonelectric two- and four-wheel vehicles that burn fossil fuels. (Cabinet Proposes to Ban Sale of Nonelectric Vehicles, TAIWAN […]