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International Update Volume 45, Issue 2

CHINESE COURTS GRANT SPECIAL STATUS TO ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS

China

China's Supreme People's Court, the country's highest tribunal, recently announced new rules aimed at helping environmental organizations bring illegal polluters to court. The rules grant special status to NGOs and government backed social groups, reduce court fees, and allow organizations to sue polluters across China, regardless of where the plaintiff organization is based.

EU POLITICIANS SEEK TO REVIVE CARBON MARKET

EU

European politicians are expected this week to back by a narrow majority early action to bolster prices on the EU carbon market. Thursday's vote, one of several legislative stages, will be closely watched by traders. The European Commission, the EU executive, last year proposed putting hundreds of millions of Emissions Trading System allowances in a Market Stability Reserve (MSR) starting from 2021.

UK IMPOSES DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENT FOR FRACKING CHEMICALS

United Kingdom

The United Kingdom's Parliament passed several amendments to its current infrastructure bill to regulate hydraulic fracturing, including imposing a legal duty on companies to disclose chemicals used in the injection process. The amendments were among a dozen proposed by the Labour party, which also included measures aimed at protecting groundwater resources. Industry has been dismissive of the regulations, claiming it is already voluntarily taking the measures now required by law.