environmental protection

Circular economy: The EU’s ambitious new goals for management of products and waste

The circular economy is a model in which products, materials and resources are kept in circulation for as long as possible, and generation of waste is kept to a minimum. Implementation of this model would respond to the challenges of climate change and the need to support sustainable growth.

Multinational companies can be liable for environmental harm caused by their subsidiaries

On 18 December 2015 the Dutch Court of Appeal at The Hague issued an interim judgment in a closely watched case concerning liability for environmental injury caused by an oil spill from Shell’s pipelines in Nigeria.

What does the Arctic Sunrise award mean for the environment?

In August an arbitration award was issued in the case of the ship Arctic Sunrise, involving protests by ecologists on the Pechora Sea defending the Arctic environment. The ship was seized and 30 protesters were arrested by Russian authorities.

New rules ahead for environmental reports and assessments

The proposed amendment to Poland’s environmental impact assessment regulations contains not just procedural changes. It also goes directly to the nature of environmental impact assessments and the contents of EIA reports.

Waste Act amendment causes problems with EU funding for construction of incinerators

This year’s amendment of the Waste Act is forcing changes in the scheduling of incinerator projects. Target load start-up tests must be postponed until after the integrated permit is issued. This may give rise to claims by contractors for prolonging the project completion period because of a change in the law.

Planning and environmental damage

The act of planning and preparation for a venture cannot be regarded as an “activity” causing an imminent threat of environmental damage.