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    21/06/2024
    United Kingdom

    Finch: Supreme Court decision on environmental impact assessment regulations and the requirement to assess “scope 3” emissions

    The UK Supreme Court has handed down its much-awaited decision in R (on the application of Finch on behalf of Weald Action Group) (Appellant) v Surrey County Council and others (Respondent) (“Finch”). The case concerned a challenge to a development consent for an onshore oil and gas development on the basis that the relevant environmental impact assessment (EIA) did not consider indirect (commonly referred to as ‘scope 3’ or ‘downstream’) emissions from the combustion of eventually refined hydrocarbons produced by the development. The court’s decision –...
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    21/06/2024
    England and Wales

    Manifest-EES

    Despite Rishi Sunak’s September 2023 MEES U-turn and announcement of a “more pragmatic, proportionate, and realistic approach” to meeting net-zero, energy costs and climate policies remain crucial topics of national debate ahead of the election on 4 July.MEES is (was?) a flagship policy designed to support the UK’s drive and commitment to reach net zero emissions by 2050. For many years, we have been examining and discussing the impact of the MEES regulations on commercial real estate: from application through to enforcement (or lack thereof).With the Climate Change Committee’s...
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    21/06/2024
    Europe

    EU to create new anti-money laundering authority

    On 19 June 2024, the Regulation (EU) 2024/1620 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 31 May2024 establishing the Authority for Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism Authority (AMLA) was published in the Official Journal. AMLA will coordinate EU efforts to combat money laundering (ML) and terrorist financing (TF), and the threats these criminal activities pose to the integrity of the EU’s economy and security. The AMLA has been established under the new European anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-financing terrorism (CFT) legislative package, and regulations...
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    20/06/2024
    United Kingdom

    SFO’s Strategy for 2024-2029 – New Emphasis for the SFO

    The UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has unveiled its strategy for 2024-2029.  The Strategy reads rather more clearly and concisely than many corporate vision-statements of this sort, perhaps reflecting the pragmatic approach of the new Director, Nick Ephgrave QPM. There is considerable , and laudable, emphasis on values, technology and attracting “the brightest and best”.   Here are some of the more interesting highlights:ECCTA and Increased Investigatory PowersPrevious SFO Directors have strongly advocated for law reform, in particular extending the ambit of corporate...
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    20/06/2024
    International

    Overview of the EU-Australia Memorandum of Understanding on Critical and Strategic Minerals

    The European Union (“EU”) and Australia on 28 May 2024 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) to forge a partnership aimed at developing a secure, stable, ethical, and sustainable supply chain for critical and strategic minerals across their respective regions. This partnership aligns with the goals of the Paris Agreement and the ambition to transition to net zero economies by 2050, as well as a key objective of Australia’s ‘Critical Minerals Strategy 2023-2030’ (published in June 2023) to create diverse, resilient and sustainable supply chains through...
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    14/06/2024
    United Kingdom

    Recommerce Reads - Navigating green claims without greenwashing

    Online second-hand retail is on the rise, with increasingly eco-conscious consumers considering how they can shop more sustainably to reduce their fashion footprint. The Ethical Consumer and The Co-operative Bank’s 2023 Ethical Markets report recorded a 15% increase in people buying second-hand clothes for environmental reasons. Accordingly, “green” and “sustainable” claims have fast become a hot topic for companies looking to demonstrate their green credentials. As we noted in our previous article here, however, these same claims have also attracted the attention...
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