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Germany: Law on Phasing-Out Coal-Powered Energy by 2038 Enters into Force

(Aug. 31, 2020) On August 14, 2020, the Act to Reduce and End Coal-Powered Energy and Amend Other Laws (Coal Phase-Out Act) entered into force in Germany. The Coal Phase-Out Act aims to gradually reduce and eventually end the use of coal-powered energy in Germany by 2038 in order to “reduce emissions and provide the […]

France: Law on Energy and Climate Adopted

(Dec. 4, 2019) On November 8, 2019, the French president signed Loi n° 2019-1147 du 8 novembre 2019 relative à l’énergie et au climat (Law No. 2019-1147 of 8 November 2019 Regarding Energy and Climate). This law was adopted as part of France’s commitment to the 2015 Paris Agreement to address climate change, and seeks […]

Italy: New Provisions on Worker Protection and Employment-Related Corporate Crises Take Effect

(Oct. 25, 2019) On September 5, 2019, Decree Law No. 101 of September 3, 2019 (Decreto-Legge 3 settembre 2019, n. 101) (D.L. No. 101), containing urgent measures to provide worker protection and financial aid to resolve employment-related corporate crises in economically depressed areas of the country, entered into force in Italy. Worker Protection Measures New […]

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 […]

Brazil: Sale of Incandescent Light Bulbs Prohibited

(June 17, 2016) The sale in Brazil of incandescent light bulbs, either domestically-produced or imported, will no longer be permitted as of June 30, 2016, pursuant to Inter-Ministerial Administrative Act No. 1,007 of December 31, 2010. (Portaria Interministerial No. 1.007 de 31 de Dezembro de 2010, Ministry of Mines and Energy website; Sabrina Craide, Lâmpadas Incandescentes Não Serão Mais Vendidas no País […]

Japan: Renewable Energy Production to Aid Agricultural, Forestry, and Fishing Villages

(Dec. 18, 2013) The Diet, Japan’s parliament, recently enacted the Act on Promotion of Generating Renewable Energy Harmonized with Healthy Development of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery, and it was promulgated on November 22, 2013. (Act No. 81 of 2013 [in Japanese] House of Representatives website [conduct search].) This Act aims to revitalize farming, timber, and […]

Gambia: National Assembly Approves Renewable Energy Legislation by Unanimous Vote

(Dec. 18, 2013) On December 12, 2013, The Gambia’s 53-member unicameral National Assembly unanimously adopted the Renewable Energy Bill, 2012, which, among other objectives, is aimed at putting in place a legal and institutional framework to encourage the use of renewable energy resources. (Aji Fatou Faal & Bekai Njie, Gambia Approves Bill to Promote Renewable […]

Norway: VAT on Electric Car Leasing to Be Eliminated

(Nov. 29, 2013) It was reported on November 18, 2013, that members of the collaborating majority of parties in Norway’s Parliament agreed to eliminate the value-added tax on the leasing of electric cars and their batteries; a VAT of 25% is applied at present. (Eivind Bryne, Norway: Leasing of Electric Cars Zero Rated from 2014 […]