Archive for the ‘Energy Efficiency’ category

On June 25, 2013, President Obama delivered a major speech on the topic of climate change. In it he outlined a broad policy agenda aimed at addressing the challenges posed by the changing climate. The agenda, detailed in The President’s Climate Action Plan, relies almost entirely upon executive powers; Congress is not even mentioned in […]

New CCCL Paper: Envisioning Resilient Electrical Infrastructure by Sam Nierop, Visiting Scholar Only last week, a powerful storm left thousands without access to electricity across Europe.[1] Last year, Hurricane Sandy left more than 8 million people without power in the Northeastern United States.[2] As climate change amplifies the frequency and severity of storms, heat waves […]

New CCCL Paper Analyzes Clean Air Act Flexibility CCCL has published a new white paper that summarizes our research into the permissibility of states pursuing an integrated, multi-pollutant, flexible approach to air quality planning.  More specifically, the non-profit Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) has recently proposed a new methodology, Integrated, Multi-Pollutant Planning for Energy and Air […]

By Ifeoma Anunkor, Summer Legal Intern The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency (CBP) recently amended its regulations to require the CBP to refuse imports of consumer products and industrial equipment found not to comply with energy conservation standards established by the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), according to a notice published […]

By Yan Gu, Summer Intern The United States and China agreed upon a multi-faceted climate plan to curb GHG emission at the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) on July 10, 2013. The plan was designed by the U.S.-China Working Group on Climate Change, which was established pursuant to a Joint Statement from both governments […]

By Yan Gu, Summer Intern and Masters in Climate & Society Student Along with the automobile industry, the aviation industry has recently been more closely concerned with climate change than ever before. On a global scale, however, the soaring number of flights is counteracting the industry’s efforts to increase aircraft energy efficiency. To better understand […]

By Ifeoma Anunkor, Summer Legal Intern Carbon pollution harms the economy much more than the federal government previously estimated, according to the Interagency Working Group on Social Cost of Carbon. While researchers continue to look for ways to reduce carbon emissions without harming the economy, the new guidance on the social cost of carbon strengthens […]

by Fiona Kinniburgh On June 10th, the International Energy Agency (IEA) released a World Energy Outlook Special Report, “Redrawing the Energy-Climate Map” in which they seek to bring climate change back to the forefront of policy agendas worldwide.  The report proposes specific changes within the energy sector necessary to achieve emission levels that would “keep […]

Teresa Parejo Professor of Law Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain) Spain has recently adopted a potentially promising reform to its coastal law to update it in response to climate change threats. However, a close read suggests that the reform contains contradictions that illuminate a less-public minded purpose behind the Law. The Law 2/2013, of […]

by Margaret Barry New Field Reports from the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law:  The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative: Winners and Losers (April 24, 2013) Nanoparticles: Regulating a Tiny Problem with Huge Risks (April 23, 2013) 5th Circuit Reverses Itself on Hurricane Katrina Liability Lawsuit (April 22, 2013) Field Notes from the Superstorm Sandy Catastrophe (January […]

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