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K&L Gates Distinguished Speaker Series: A Conversation on the Sustainable Economy with Elizabeth Willmott
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Carbon Quarterly – Volume 3
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DEMOCRATS INTRODUCE TECHNOLOGY-NEUTRAL ENERGY BILL: Clean Energy for America Act
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Australian Government releases draft legislation to implement the Emissions Reduction Fund

K&L Gates Distinguished Speaker Series: A Conversation on the Sustainable Economy with Elizabeth Willmott

Wednesday
19 May 2021
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET

Please join us for the next conversation in our sustainability-focused Distinguished Speaker Series, where we sit down with leaders in the field of sustainable economy to discuss industry trends and opportunities.

Our featured speaker for this webinar will be Elizabeth Willmott. Elizabeth leads Microsoft’s carbon program, including fulfillment of the company’s commitment to be carbon negative by 2030. She joined Microsoft in 2016 after a decade of work on urban sustainability in the public and nonprofit sectors. She holds a double degree in biology and Chinese language from Williams College and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard Kennedy School.

The program will be moderated by Elizabeth Crouse, a Partner and Practice Group Coordinator for the Power Group at K&L Gates. 

Please use the link below to RSVP by Tuesday, May 18, 2021.

Carbon Quarterly – Volume 3

By: Ankur K. Tohan, Elizabeth C. Crouse, Eric E. Freedman, Tad J. Macfarlan, Alyssa A. Moir, Laurie B. Purpuro, Cliff L. Rothenstein, Molly K. Barker, Matthew P. Clark, Brigid Landy Khuri, Natalie J. Reid, Dean Brower

No matter your views on climate change policy, there is no avoiding an increasing focus on carbon regulation, resiliency planning, and energy efficiency at nearly every level of government and business. Changes in carbon—and more broadly greenhouse gas—policies have the potential to broadly impact our lives and livelihoods. Carbon Quarterly offers a rundown of the latest developments.

IN THIS ISSUE:  

  • Carbon Policy
    • U.S. House Democrats Propose Comprehensive Legislation to Address Climate Change
    • Social Cost of Carbon Returns to US$51 Per Ton (For Now)
    • Scale Act Overview
    • Aligning Carbon Capture and Environmental Justice
  • Carbon Litigation and Regulation
    • Climate Change Litigation Reaches the Supreme Court
    • The Past—and Future—for Federal Regulation of Power Plant Carbon Emissions
  • Carbon Business
    • Utilities are Looking to Green Hydrogen to Provide Energy Storage
    • Compulsory Corporate Disclosures on Climate Commitments and Risk: Leveling the Playing Field or Mandating a New Field
    • Microsoft Carbon Removal Project
  • Carbon Spotlight
    • NextDecade–Taking Energy to the Next Level

DEMOCRATS INTRODUCE TECHNOLOGY-NEUTRAL ENERGY BILL: Clean Energy for America Act

By Mary Burke Baker

SFC ranking member Wyden and 25 other Democrats (including minority leader Schumer) introduced tech-neutral energy legislation this week.  The bill includes energy storage provisions.  Following is a summary followed by summaries pertaining to energy storage. The legislation would consolidate 44 energy incentives into three tech-neutral provisions to promote energy independence and a low-carbon economy.  All of the original co-sponsors are Democrats.  The roll out of the legislation was accompanied by supporting statements from about a dozen supporting organizations.

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Australian Government releases draft legislation to implement the Emissions Reduction Fund

The Australian Government recently released draft legislation to implement the Emissions Reduction Fund (Fund), which is the cornerstone of the Government’s Direct Action Plan climate change policy.  The Direct Action Plan centres around the purchase of greenhouse gas emissions reductions by the Government (via the Fund).

The release of the draft Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Amendment Bill 2014 (Cth) (Bill) follows issuance of an Emissions Reduction Fund Green Paper late last year and a subsequent White Paper in April 2014, both regarding the design of the Fund.

The Bill will amend the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Act 2011 (Cth) (CFI Act) and build on the existing Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) under that Act by providing for the purchase of greenhouse gas emission reductions credits by the Government.  The Bill also makes minor amendments to associated Commonwealth legislation.

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