Two new bills have been passed in California as part of a “Climate Accountability Package” that require U.S.-based companies “doing business”[1] in California to make disclosures about their emissions and climate-related financial risks. These are (a) the Climate Corporate Data Accountability Act (California Senate Bill 253 (SB-253)) and (b) the Climate-Related Financial Risk Act (California Senate Bill 261 (SB-261)). The laws remain subject to approval by the California Governor (who has until October 14, 2023, to sign or veto them).

To assist companies in preparing for these new climate-related disclosure requirements, we have provided a summary of some of the key requirements below.Continue Reading New “Climate Reporting” Laws in California – Emissions and Climate-Related Financial Risk Disclosure Required

On 24 August 2023, through Decree No. 11,666/2023, the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer was enacted in Brazil (the “Amendment“). It was at MOP 28 (Meeting of the Parties) of the Montreal Protocol, in 2016, in the city of Kigali, Rwanda, that the Parties agreed to include HFCs among the substances controlled by the international regime. Hydrofluorocarbons (“HFCs“) have been used as alternatives to chlorofluorocarbons, mainly in the refrigerant market.Continue Reading Federal government of Brazil enacts Kigali Amendment to Montreal Protocol, extending restrictions to HFCs

The EU Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (“CSRD“) entered into force on 5 January 2023 and the associated European Sustainability Reporting Standards (“ESRS“) were adopted by the European Commission on 31 July 2023. Together, the CSRD and ESRS create detailed sustainability reporting requirements that will apply to a significant number of EU and non-EU companies and substantially increase the scope of their sustainability reporting.

Application of the rules is now imminent and, for some, CSRD reporting periods will begin from 1 January 2024.

In this update, we take a look at the implications of the CSRD for non-EU companies and what companies can do to prepare.Continue Reading The EU Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive is upon us – what non-EU companies should know and do

At the Summer 2023 National Meeting of the US National Association of Insurance Commissioners (“NAIC”), a number of sessions were focused on environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) initiatives, led by the Special (EX) Committee on Race and Insurance (the “R&I Committee”) and the Climate and Resiliency (EX) Task Force (“C&R

On June 14, 2023, the European Commission proposed negotiating directives for a critical minerals agreement with the United States, intending to promote a partnership between the US and the European Union as allies in the global race to net zero and to strengthen their respective critical mineral supply chains. Back in early March, US President

On June 5th 2023, World Environmental Day, the Brazilian Government published five decrees seeking to strengthen national efforts towards the decarbonization of the economy and tackling climate change:

  • Decree No. 11,546/2023: creates the National Council for the 30th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (“UNFCCC

The Federation of Brazilian Banks (“FEBRABAN“) has recently approved Regulation No. 026/2023, setting forth guidelines and procedures for Brazilian banks when financing the beef industry, particularly slaughterhouses. Pursuant to the new self-regulation, as of 2025 financing should only be available to slaughterhouses that put into place a due diligence system for tracing and monitoring the activities of direct and indirect suppliers, certifying that no illegal deforestation has occurred in its supply chain. The self-regulation only applies to slaughterhouses located in the states that compose the “Amazônia Legal” and the state of Maranhão.Continue Reading Federation of Brazilian Banks tackle illegal deforestation in the beef supply chain

On March 24, 2023, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador introduced a bill to reform and supplement various provisions in the Mining Law (Ley de Minería), National Waters Law (Ley de Aguas Nacionales), Ecological Balance and Environmental Protection Law (Ley General del Equilibrio Ecológico y la Protección al Ambiente), and

In recent years, we have seen an ever increasing number of lending transactions focused on promoting ESG in Latin America, such as green loans, social loans, sustainability loans and Sustainability-Linked Loans (“SSLs”). In this Legal Update, we focus on the role and impact of SLLs in Latin America.

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