Government consults on whether to fine businesses for contributing to illegal deforestation

Parliament has launched a new consultation to explore whether it should introduce new regulations to help prevent forests and other natural areas from being illegally converted into agricultural lands

Spain seeks to pass new climate law to reach net zero by 2050

The draft law proposals would ban all new coal, oil and gas projects with immediate effect

Legal aspects of wind development in high seas ‘must be explored’

Chatham Partners, a law firm specialising in renewable energy, suggests if future technology developments enable wind farms to be built in deep international waters, current legal frameworks would need to be revised.

Environment Bill moves a step closer to becoming law

The Bill aims to tackle the biggest environmental priorities and now progresses to the Committee stage for further scrutiny

EU Council agrees position on revision of shipping emission rules

In a bid to cut red tape while maintaining environmental standards, the ambassadors of EU member states have agreed to update existing EU rules

Florida firm wins approval to export LNG

The US Energy Department has authorised a firm in Florida to export domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG). The license allows American LNG Marketing LLC (American LNG) to export to countries which do not have a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the US. Federal law generally requires approval of natural gas exports to countries which have an FTA […]

Durham man fined for waste offences

A man has been fined after pleading guilty to running an illegal waste site in County Durham. Following an investigation by the Environment Agency, James Ian Campbell, 56, was charged with breaking environmental permit regulations. He was fined £550, ordered to pay costs of £800 and a victim surcharge of £55 at Darlington Magistrates Court last […]

New EU laws on plastic bags

EU countries will be required to cut the use of plastic bags under new rules voted by Parliament on Tuesday. The rules allow EU member states to choose between two options: – They can either reduce average annual bag usage to 90 lightweight bags per citizen by the end of 2019 and to 40 by the […]

UK EMR regulations passed into law

The UK Government’s radical reforms to attract investment in low carbon energy have been passed into law. That means its delivery partners for the electricity market  – the National Grid, the Low Carbon Contracts Company and the Electricity Settlements Company – have got the powers to implement the reforms, which includes the Capacity Market and […]

EU takes Ireland to court for failing to adapt renewable law

Ireland could face a daily penalty of €25,447.50 (£20,909) a day for failing to enact EU legislation on renewable energy. The European Commission said it is referring Ireland to the Court of Justice “for failing to fully transpose the Renewable Energy Directive”, which requires EU member states to generate 20% of energy from renewable sources […]