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European Investment Bank Adopts New Energy Lending Policy

On 14 November 2019, the Board of Directors of the European Investment Bank (“EIB”), the world’s largest multilateral bank, adopted a new Energy Lending Policy (the “Policy”), which aims to end EIB investment in the majority of fossil fuel programs by the end of 2021. The Policy signals a change in the flow of capital from multilateral banks into greener energy investments and seeks to incentivize technological innovation.

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Japan Hosts First-Ever Summit on Implementation of TCFD Recommendations

On October 8, 2019, the government of Japan hosted the first-ever corporate summit (the “Summit”) in Tokyo to discuss and guide implementation of the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (“TCFD”) recommendations. The Summit attracted over 300 attendees, including senior executives from companies such as Shell and Nippon Steel. One of the Summit’s co-hosts, the Japanese business community’s recently established TCFD Consortium, took the opportunity to reveal its Green Investment Guidance to help investors engage with companies on the topic of climate.

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Exxon Climate Securities Litigation

The office of New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a complaint against ExxonMobil (“Exxon”) in October 2018 in New York state court. The case alleges a violation of New York’s Martin Act, which provides the attorney general broad powers to investigate financial fraud. The New York State Attorney General (the “State”) claims that Exxon misled investors on its evaluation of the impact of future climate regulations on its business through its use of internal metrics compared to published “proxy costs” or estimates of the cost of carbon emissions.

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Launch of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Banking

On September 22, 2019, 130 banks signed onto the United Nations’ newly launched Principles for Responsible Banking (the “Principles”). These banks — whose founding members include BBVA, Barclays, Standard Bank, and Santander, among others — collectively hold US$47 trillion in assets, amounting to approximately one-third of the global banking sector.

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California’s Voluntary Framework and the Brewing Storm of GHG Emissions Litigation

California has played a unique role in the development of greenhouse gas emissions standards for motor vehicles. With the EPA now on the verge of implementing rules that would loosen federal standards imposed under the previous administration, California remains at the center of attention. 

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