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The importance of carbon-ready contracts
Insight 26 May 2020

Very few areas of law are more changeable and subject to the political tides as climate change law. A range of Federal and State regulatory schemes and policies relating to greenhouse emissions have been implemented in recent years, some economy-wide and some industry-specific, and some more permane ...

Voluntary schemes and soft law
Insight 26 May 2020

The term 'soft law' refers to rules, principles or guidelines that are not themselves legally binding, but nonetheless play an important role in promoting compliance with certain standards of behaviour. Rules of 'soft law' can often act as a precursor to the emergence of 'hard law'. ...

Increasing climate litigation and shareholder action expected
Insight 26 May 2020

There is a growing trend for legal action against corporates, particularly energy companies and financial firms. Many commentators, including former Chief Justice French, have predicted a continued rise in climate change litigation in Australia. ...

Emissions regulation and liability – NGERs and the Safeguard Mechanism
Insight 26 May 2020

The National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (NGER) scheme requires some companies to account for the scope 1 and scope 2 emissions they are responsible for. Scope 1 emissions are direct emissions for which a company is responsible, whilst scope 2 emissions are indirect emissions from the purchase o ...

Climate change and project approvals
Insight 26 May 2020

Climate change impacts have for many years been accepted as a relevant consideration in the assessment of planning and environmental applications in Australia. Until recently, the focus of consent authorities has been primarily on the direct greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of a project from owned and ...

In search of consistency: state schemes and policies
Insight 26 May 2020

State and territory governments are increasingly willing to take action separate to the Federal Government to address climate change through state schemes, policies and, in some cases, legislation. This represents a change in approach at the state and territory level over the past decade, as climate ...

Energy efficiency schemes – retailer risk vs business and household opportunities
Insight 26 May 2020

A number of states and territories have established schemes that provide electricity users with incentives to implement energy saving measures and which require electricity retailers to achieve energy saving targets. ...

The big picture: Australia's commitments under the Paris Agreement
Insight 26 May 2020

In December 2015, the parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (the UNFCCC) adopted a landmark agreement to combat climate change and to take steps to shift their economies towards a sustainable, low carbon future (the Paris Agreement). ...

10 key things you need to know about proposed changes to the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (WA)
Insight 24 Apr 2020

We summarise the 10 (or so) key things you need to know about the reforms proposed in the Environmental Protection Amendment Bill 2020 (WA). ...

WA EPA greenhouse gas emissions guideline finalised
Insight 17 Apr 2020

The Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority ( EPA ) has released its finalised Greenhouse Gas Emissions Environmental Factor Guideline ( GHG Guideline ). The final GHG Guideline dials ...