Green words need to be translated into practical regulatory requirements

first_imgAhead of the G20 meeting this week in Pittsburgh, the Legal Sector Alliance has released a communique addressed to the leaders of the G20, calling for practical regulatory requirements – not hot air. The Legal Sector Alliance is a group of law firms and organisations working together on climate issues under a set of core principles. Each member commits to measure and reduce its carbon footprint, but that is the easy part. The principles also encourage us to engage in the development of climate change law and policy, and to advise clients on opportunities and obligations arising from and under climate law. The 128 law firm members together represent over a quarter of the lawyers in private practice in England and Wales, and we hope that more will join us. Of course, we are not scientists. But anyone who follows current affairs knows that there is a broad consensus among scientists and policy makers around the world that climate change is man-made, that it poses major economic, social and environmental risks, and that deep emissions cuts need to be made. Even so, we will have to adapt to temperature change – at least 2C and possibly 4C by the end of the century. Disagreements, at least between governments, relate primarily to what solutions are needed, what short-term cuts should be imposed and who should pay. Negotiations will culminate in an intergovernmental meeting this December in Copenhagen, when an agreement is expected that will replace much of the Kyoto Protocol. Delivering these changes can only be done through law, and because of the encompassing nature of climate change, we are talking about a lot of new law. It is in this context that the executive members of the alliance have released a communique addressed to the leaders of the G20. We are calling for high-level statements to be translated into practical regulatory requirements – without regulatory force any policy is just hot air. We are all now fixed with knowledge of the science, but we have insufficient regulation to drive reductions. Many of us have clients who are frustrated with how climate and energy policy has evolved thus far. Without a clear understanding of the structure with which they will have to comply, companies cannot invest at scale. Some working in low-carbon energy markets are struggling with regulatory regimes that are under almost annual review. Building on this experience, we have suggested some core principles for future climate rules:Constructing a coherent set of new requirements in relation to such a complex problem is undoubtedly very challenging. We recognise this and our intention is not to criticise from the sidelines. We have expressed a willingness to contribute pro bono to the formulation of effective climate regulation. We hope this offer will be taken up and that other lawyers will join us in the initiative, both in the UK and beyond. Regulation and its enforcement should be clear, proportionate and form part of a coherent, integrated regulatory and enforcement framework; Existing legal and regulatory regimes should be reviewed and reformed to correct any failure to price or minimise carbon emissions, and to remove perverse incentives that, for example, may promote disproportionate investment in one technology at the expense of others; Broadly consistent national and international rules are required to clarify rights and responsibilities associated with emissions reductions or sequestration; Global product, industry and reporting standards are desirable; Incentives for investment in and deployment of emerging technologies are needed to provide certainty to those businesses that take significant technology or commercial risk; and Time-limited involvement of business in the development or piloting of climate regulation should be used to road-test ideas and build in a ‘snagging’ process. Vanessa Havard-Williams is chair of the Legal Sector Alliance policy committee. www.legalsectoralliance.comlast_img read more

House prices down 8%, but where is the bottom of the market?

first_imgSubscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Subscribe now for unlimited access Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAYlast_img read more

Progress made on ISO anti-bribery standard

first_img“During the past 15 years, many countries have made efforts at the national and international level to tackle bribery. Treaties have been signed and laws improved, and many countries are now prosecuting bribery offences. However, there is still work to be done,” said an ISO statement.”At the organisational level, bribery affects tendering and contract implementation, and increases costs and risks. One way organisations can help address this issue is by implementing anti-bribery management controls equivalent to those for quality and safety.”The organisation is working on the development of standard ISO 37001 to help large, medium and small organisations from the public and private sectors, and from any country, to prevent bribery and promote an ethical business culture. The standard specifies anti-bribery measures and controls and includes guidance for their implementation.Neill Stansbury, chair of the ISO committee developing the standard, said: “ISO 37001 will help an organisation comply with international anti-bribery good practice and legal requirements. It will also reassure the organisation’s owners, management, employees and business associates that the organisation is following ethical business practices and reducing risks of financial loss and prosecution. It will therefore, ultimately, provide a competitive advantage to organisations.” In the next issue of HLPFI, look out for an interview with president of anti-bribery association TRACE International, Alexandra Wrage, which discusses some of the ways that project forwarding companies can address the issue of bribery in the shipping industry.www.iso.orglast_img read more

American ports go green

first_imgBoth the ports of Tacoma and Seattle earned the trade magazine Inbound Logistics’ Green Supply Chain Partner award, following their sustainability commitments. Specifically, they were acknowledged for their actions to reduce seaport-related emissions through the Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy, restore habitats and find innovative solutions to manage storm water runoff.Additionally, the port of New Orleans was officially recognised by Green Marine – a North American environmental certification programme for the marine, port and terminal industry – as a certified Green Port.The port, which voluntarily became part of the environmental certification programme, had to benchmark its annual environmental performance through Green Marine’s self-evaluation guides, as well as be reviewed by an accredited independent verifier and agree to have the results published.Gary LaGrange, port president and ceo, said “we are proud of the certification,” with the port’s environmental manager, Amelia Pellegrin, adding: “As we continue to grow, we want to do so in an environmentally friendly way.www.portoftacoma.comwww.portseattle.orgwww.portno.comwww.green-marine.orglast_img read more

Zeamarine plays the Trumpy card

first_imgHugo Trumpy has more than 70 local port offices and will handle all operational and commercial activities for Zeamarine in the country.Zeamarine was established in 2018 through the combination of the tramp and liner operations of Zeaborn Chartering, Intermarine and Rickmers-Line. This includes the round the world (RTW) liner service, which will continue to be represented by Gruppo Scerni until May 31, 2019.Effective June 1, 2019, Hugo Trumpy will represent Zeamarine for all liner services to and from Italy.www.zeamarine.comwww.hugotrumpy.itlast_img read more

Legal aid giant absorbs another firm after partner quits to join judiciary

first_imgThe principal of a Coventry firm which has merged with one of the country’s largest legal aid providers says he did not want to shoulder the full regulatory burden of running a practice after his partner left to become a district judge.Hot on the heels of merging with Enfield-based Kent Solicitors, national firm Tuckers announced this week that it is merging with Murray Brankin.Karl Brankin, principal at Murray Brankin and now a Tuckers partner, said: ‘On the news that my partner, David Murray, was leaving to take up a judicial post – the prospect of carrying the full burden of regulatory and compliance responsibilities with the Legal Aid Agency and Solicitors Regulation Authority whilst acting as both COFA and COLP was not particularly attractive. This merger will enable me to concentrate on criminal defence work as my priority.’  Karl BrankinMurray was appointed a district judge last month and started his judicial post at Walsall Magistrates’ Court on Monday.Adam Makepeace, Tuckers practice director, said: ‘Following our recent merger with Kent Solicitors in London, we are pleased to be able to continue with our plans to join with other like-minded criminal defence firms to try and battle through the multitude of problems that criminal defence firms face – in terms of managing to survive in the face of stagnant legal aid rates, falling case volumes, the farce of cases currently “released under investigation” and the need for efficiencies through digitalisation.’ Tuckers is currently talking to other firms and ‘whilst it envisages taking a few months to ensure the proper integration of Kent Solicitors and Murray Brankin, it is hopeful that there will be further merger activity during the course of this year’.last_img read more

ALBA foreign ministers issue statement on Venezuela

first_imgThe polls were boycotted by the opposition and criticized by many western countries. Maduro said the assembly would help bring peace to the country where more than 100 people have been killed and more than 2,000 wounded since street protests began in April. Foreign Ministers from the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America – Peoples’ Trade Treaty (ALBA–TCP) recently ended a meeting in Venezuela declaring support for embattled President Nicolas Maduro. Venezuela congratulated CARICOM support Maduro is facing opposition protests to step down. The ministers, who met in Caracas for the “Sixth Extraordinary Meeting of the Political Council” congratulated Venezuela on last weekend’s Constituent Assembly elections and rejected mounting international attacks against the country. The meeting also re-affirmed support for the position adopted by Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders in calling for all parties to commit to engage in renewed dialogue and negotiation. CARICOM prefers a comprehensive political agreement with established time tables, concrete actions and guarantees to ensure the well-being of Venezuela. July 30 elections “We reaffirm our support to the initiative issued from the 38th Meeting of Heads of Government of CARICOM, held on July 6th, 2017,” the declaration noted.ALBA’s Secretary-General David Choquehuanca said the declaration represents the wishes of the people of Latin America and the Caribbean who want “peace and solidarity.” On July 30, Venezuela held an election to choose a 545-member constituent assembly with the power to rewrite the constitution and dissolve state institutions. “We reiterate that the unilateral economic sanctions imposed against the Venezuelan people are a flagrant violation of international law and human rights, as well as an unacceptable interventionist implementation. The only purpose is to directly hinder the Bolivarian people and government of Venezuela in order to change the regime,” the declaration stated.last_img read more

Kenya schoolgirls nominated for $51,000 award

first_imgKenya’s public service delivery initiative wins UN award Ugandan Musician nominated for coveted Humanitarian African Award TALK AFRICA: Kenya’s new railwaycenter_img Students from Kisumu Girls High School who developed a mobile application to help girls deal with FGM pose for a photo with President Uhuru Kenyatta. The five girls from have been nominated for $51,000 award. PHOTO | COURTESY Students from Kisumu Girls High School who developed a mobile application to help girls deal with FGM pose for a photo with President Uhuru Kenyatta. The five girls from have been nominated for $51,000 award. PHOTO | COURTESY PSCUFive Kenyan students are among the contenders for the $51,000 Sakharov Prize, a top European rights award after they were nominated on Tuesday.Stacy Owino, Cynthia Otieno, Purity Achieng, Mascrine Atieno and Ivy Akinyi – whose band name is the Restorers – were picked for developing an application to help girls deal with female genital mutilation.They are the least storied of the contenders who include a Uighur scholar imprisoned in China since 2014 and a trio of Brazilian activists.The 50,000-euro Sakharov Prize, set up in 1988 and named after Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov, is awarded every year to individuals or organisations which have made “an important contribution to the fight for human rights or democracy”.The European Parliament named Ilham Tohti – serving a life sentence on separatism charges for advocating the rights of Uighurs, a Muslim minority in China’s northwest Xinjiang region – on the shortlist for its Sakharov Prize.Tohti scooped another award for his activism weeks ago despite opposition from China which views his global accolades as “supporting terrorism.”From Brazil, murdered political activist Marielle Franco made the list jointly with tribal chief Raoni Metuktire, who campaigns against the destruction of the Amazon rainforest, and rights defender Claudelice Silva dos Santos.Last month the Council of Europe awarded its Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize to Tohti for “giving the entire Uighur people a voice.”Relatedlast_img read more

Harper Seeks Planning Rules Relaxation for Defibrillators

first_img“Many communities will have been able to install PADs without needing planning permission at all, but I have been contacted by others who found that their preferred location was considered to require planning permission because it changed the appearance of the building. “The Scottish Government is reviewing the planning system and permitted development rights at the moment so I have asked for the issue of Public Access Defibrillators to be included with a view to making it simpler and easier for communities to install a PAD in their preferred location without having to worry about planning permission.” “It is important to protect the built environment from inappropriate development and certainly outdoors PAD cabinets have to be brightly coloured so that people know they are there, but I do not think that anyone could object to more defibrillators being available, particularly in our remoter communities. At present PADs are not covered by permitted development rights, which means that the installation of a PAD may require planning permission depending on the circumstances, location and type of building. However, if permitted development rights were to be extended to include PADs this would remove the need to seek planning permission.Emma said:“Increasing the number of Publicly Accessible Defibrillators is an important measure in improving how we deal with out of hospital cardiac arrests effectively. While they will not be effective in every situation, defibrillators can make a massive difference and be literally lifesaving, and they are simple and easy to use. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedIn Dumfries and Galloway MSP Emma Harper is calling on the Scottish Government to relax planning rules governing the installation of Publicly Accessible Defibrillators (PADs) in Scotland to make it easier for communities to install the potentially life-saving equipment.last_img read more

Windies promise fans world-class T20 display

first_img Tweet 11 Views   no discussions Share West Indies all-rounder Keiron Pollard practises his batting during a training session on Thursday ahead of today’s T20 match against Zimbabwe at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium here. (Photo: WindiesCricket.com)NORTH SOUND, Antigua (CMC) — Confident West Indies will put their Twenty20 skills on show in the Caribbean for the first time since winning last year’s World Championship when they face lowly Zimbabwe in the opening T20 International here today.The hosts are coming off a clean sweep in the three-match One-Day series and will be fancying their chances of extending that success in the contest at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium set for 2:00 pm (1:00 pm Jamaica time).While West Indies have struggled in Tests and one-dayers, they have excelled in the game’s shortest form, and will be anxious to showcase their ability before their home crowd.“We are world champions and every time we go out to play we have to play like world champions. We have to let other teams know we mean business. This is a format we have done well in and we will look to always dominate,” West Indies captain Darren Sammy told reporters here yesterday.“We come here to play our brand of cricket — the brand which won us the World Cup for the people of the Caribbean. This is the first T20 International in the Caribbean since we won the World Cup, and this is a great opportunity for the fans to come out and watch their world champions play. We anticipate a good turn-out and we will look to win for our loyal supporters.”Since being crowned World champions last October in Sri Lanka, the Windies have triumphed in Bangladesh and Australia and will view the doubleheader as an excellent chance to extend their healthy record.West Indies will be without one of their leading players in big-hitting opener Chris Gayle who has asked to be rested, but will welcome back Sammy who missed the One-Day series after also taking a short break.Selectors have also called up fast bowler Shannon Gabriel and all-rounder Chris Barnwell for the doubleheader and Sammy backs them to perform once given the opportunity.“They have been rewarded for a very good Caribbean T20 tournament. They both played really well for their teams and took them to the finals,” Sammy explained.“They have both played at the international level before, so this won’t be altogether new for them. We will try to give everybody an opportunity. I expect to see them both play, if not in both games, at least in one game.”He added: “We will look to provide opportunities and exposure to guys who have done well as we continue to look toward the T20 World Cup in 2014. We will look to win that tournament and defend our title.“The T20 World Cup in 2012 was a perfect example of the players the selectors tried in the build-up, and we saw how well that turned out for us.”Zimbabwe, who appeared out of their depth in the ODI series, will be however, looking to spring a surprise.They boast enterprising players such as captain Brendan Taylor, the classy Vusi Sibanda and Chamu Chibhabha, but have been unable to play consistent team cricket.Sammy said, despite this, there would be no letting up by his side.“I know we have not taken Zimbabwe lightly. We will come out and play good, competitive cricket. Looking back at the One-Dayers, three disciplines fired,” he said.“We have a good combination, and we will look to improve our performances.”SQUADS: West Indies — Darren Sammy (captain), Samuel Badree, Christopher Barnwell, Tino Best, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Johnson Charles, Shannon Gabriel, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Andre Russell, Lendl Simmons.Zimbabwe — Brendan Taylor, Regis Chakabva, Tendai Chatara, Chamu Chibhabha, Craig Ervine, Kyle Jarvis, Hamilton Masakadza, Tino Mawoyo, Keegan Meth, Chris Mpofu, Natsai M’shangwe, Tinotenda Mutombodzi, Vusi Sibanda, Prosper Utseya, Malcolm Waller.Jamaicaobserver Sharing is caring!center_img NewsRegional Windies promise fans world-class T20 display by: – March 2, 2013 Share Sharelast_img read more