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Italy: Comprehensive Legislation on the “Green Economy”

(Feb. 24, 2016) On December 28, 2015, Italy passed historic and wide-ranging legislation for the promotion of the “green economy.” Law No. 221 entered into effect on February 2, 2016.  (Law No. 221 of December 28, 2015, Provisions on the Environment to Promote the Green Economy and to Restrict the Excessive Use of Natural Resources […]

European Union: The Netherlands in Charge of EU Presidency

(Jan. 29, 2016) On January 1, 2016, the Netherlands took over the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union and will be in charge of the Council agenda for the next six months. (The Netherlands and the EU Presidency, Netherlands EU Presidency 2016 website (last visited Jan. 29, 2016).)  The 2009 Lisbon EU […]

Portugal: Active Participation in EU Agreement on Climate and Energy

(Oct. 30, 2014) The Portuguese Minister of Environment, Territory Order, and Energy was quoted as saying that the agreement on Climate and Energy 2030 (reached at the European Council meeting of October 23-24, 2014) had the active participation of the Portuguese Prime Minister and is of the utmost importance, given that the European Union will […]

Cape Verde; Portugal: Signature of Protocol on Sustainable Energy

(Sept. 25, 2014) Portugal and Cape Verde signed a protocol in the area of sustainable energy on September 23, 2014, during the United Nations Summit on Climate Change in New York. The protocol aims to strengthen recovery in the context of sustainable energy. It was also signed by Luxembourg, Spain, and Austria. (Press Release, Ministério […]

Australia: Government Releases Climate Change Policy Details

(Apr. 29, 2014) On April 24, 2014, the Australian federal government released the Emissions Reduction Fund White Paper, which provides information on the design of the fund that is to be the central element of the government’s climate change policy. (Press Release, Hon. Greg Hunt MP, Emissions Reduction Fund White Paper Released (Apr. 24, 2014).) […]

China: Interim Carbon Emission Measures Enacted in Guangdong and Shanghai

(Mar. 27, 2014) On January 15, 2014, the provincial government of China’s Guangdong Province promulgated the Guangdong Province Interim Measures on Carbon Emissions Management (Guangdong Emissions Measures), which took effect on March 1, 2014. (Guangdong Emissions Measures [in Chinese] (Jan. 1, 2014), Guangdong PeopIe’s Government website.) Earlier, on November 18, 2013, the municipal government of […]