Category Archives: Climate Change

U.S. Establishes New Federal Flood Risk Management Standard to Account for Climate Risks

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On Friday (January 30, 2015), President Obama issued an executive order requiring all federally-funded construction projects to adopt more stringent siting and building standards to account for increased flooding risks linked to climate change.[1] The policy is aimed to “improve the resilience of communities and [protect] Federal assets against the impacts of flooding.”[2] Most agencies currently rely on historical flood data ... Read More »



The 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC)  will be held in Lima, Peru from December 1 to 12, 2014. Throughout the conference,  we will be providing updates and insights. For more information on this year’s conference, click here. For more information on the UN Framework Convention on Climate ... Read More »

OPA Released New FIT/microFIT Price Schedule

windmills and solar

On September 30, 2014, the Ontario Power Authority (“OPA”) released a new FIT/microFIT Price Schedule (the “Price Schedule”). The Price Schedule will apply to any FIT contracts offered after September 30, 2014, including contracts offered through the extended FIT 3 program and will be effective on January 1, 2015 for the microFIT program. The Price Schedule was made in response ... Read More »

Economic Growth and Climate Action Can Be Achieved Together, Global Commission Report Finds

NYC Central Park

In the lead up to the UN Climate Summit, an independent group of economists, politicians, academics and leaders[1] released a major that will help frame climate discussions.  The report, entitled “Better Growth, Better Climate,” examines the possibility of achieving sustainable economic growth while also addressing the risks of climate change.  It concludes that “all countries at all levels of income ... Read More »

Canada Makes Headway on National Energy Strategy

Canadian Provincial Flags

Canadian premiers have agreed to the development of a National Energy Strategy.[1]  This came at the end of last week’s three-day Council of the Federal Premiers Conference.  A set of guiding principles for the strategy – endorsed by every province – was released following the 55th annual Conference, hosted by P.E.I.’s Robert Ghiz in Charlottetown this year.[2]  The strategic outline ... Read More »

Quebec and Ontario Partner to Address Climate Change and Potentially Expand Trade of Electricity


On August 21, 2014, in a joint release (the “Release”), Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard announced the creation of a group to support their provincial ministers responsible for the environment and climate change to enhance cooperation between the two provinces as well as the exploration of the viability of expanding the Quebec-Ontario electricity trade. The Premiers ... Read More »

Climate Change Mitigation: Significant Efforts Required in the Next 15 Years

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In early April of this year, the Nobel Prize winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (“IPCC”)[1] approved and released the contribution of Working Group III (the “Report”), the third report to make up the Fifth Assessment Report, which presents a comprehensive, objective and policy-neutral discussion of climate change mitigation. The Report discusses international stocks and flows of greenhouse gases (“GHGs”) and ... Read More »

Combined Heat and Power Standard Offer Program 2.0 (CHSOP 2.0)—Documents Posted for Comment


On August 13, 2014, the Ontario Power Authority (the “OPA”) posted draft project documents for comment relating to the development of the Combined Heat and Power Standard Offer Program 2.0 or “CHPSOP 2.0”. The comment period is currently scheduled to close on September 22, 2014. The draft project documents follow a directive from the Minister of Energy dated March 31, 2014 (the “March ... Read More »

International Monetary Fund Encourages Governments to Put a Price on Carbon


The International Monetary Fund (“IMF”) recently published a new book aimed at convincing policymakers and government officials to put a price on carbon emissions. The book, Getting Energy Prices Right: from Principle to Practice,[1] (the “book”) outlines the environmental and health costs that stem from societal dependence on carbon-based energy and urges governments to adopt policies that account for those ... Read More »

NHL Plans to go Green: 2014 NHL Sustainability Report


On Monday, July 21, 2014, the National Hockey League (“NHL” or the “League”) publically recognized the risk climate change poses to Canada’s favorite sport and announced its 2014 NHL Sustainability Report (the “NHL Report”). This Report is not only the first NHL Sustainability Report but also the first sustainability report produced by a major sports league in North America. The NHL ... Read More »