The sixth edition of the Environment multi-jurisdictional guide brings together analysis articles, country-specific Q&A guides and details of environment lawyers and law firms in jurisdictions around the world.
Climate change remains a globally important issue. Its impact can be felt on economies and societies around the world. In South Africa, the issue of climate change is currently addressed by the environmental management tools of integrated environmental management (IEM) and environmental impact assessment (EIA). This guide includes an analysis article, Climate change and environmental impact assessment in South Africa (www.practicallaw.com/8-508-7112), that considers how the issue of climate change is being dealt with at an international level, via the UNFCCC, and in the context of South Africa.
Nanomaterials are substances that have an extremely small particulate size, typically less than 100 nanometres. Nanomaterials have recently been used in a diverse array of products. The regulatory regimes in various jurisdictions are struggling to catch up with the pace of this technological advancement. This guide includes an analysis article, The regulation of nanomaterial products (www.practicallaw.com/5-508-5987), considering recent international developments regarding the regulation of nanomaterials in commercial products.
The country-specific Q&A chapters provide practical information on environmental law in 21 jurisdictions. In particular, they examine key pieces of environmental legislation and the regulatory authorities; the role of non-governmental organisations (NGOs); integrated permitting regimes; permitting regimes for water pollution, air pollution, waste and asbestos, including prohibited activities, clean-up/compensation and penalties for non-compliance; national targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions; environmental impact assessments (EIAs); contaminated land; lender liability and liability on asset/share transfers; due diligence; warranties and indemnities; reporting and auditing; insurance; tax and proposals for reform. This year the guide includes a feature table providing readers with an at-a-glance summary of the position on environmental liability.
This guide is part of our portfolio of multi-jurisdictional guides providing know-how and market intelligence for in-house counsel and private practitioners operating across borders. Other multi-jurisdictional guides in the series include: Arbitration, Capital Markets, Competition, Construction and Projects, Corporate Crime, Fraud and Investigations, Corporate Governance and Directors' Duties, Corporate Real Estate, Data Protection, Dispute Resolution, Doing Business in…, Employee Share Plans, Energy and Natural Resources, Environment, Finance, Insurance and Reinsurance, Investment Funds, IP in Business Transactions, Employment and Employee Benefits, Leniency, Life Sciences, Media and Communications, Mergers and Acquisitions, Outsourcing, Private Client, Private Equity, Public Procurement, Structured Finance and Securitisation, Tax on Transactions and Venture Capital.
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This guide has been co-published with the contributors. We would like to thank all the firms involved for their excellent contributions and attention to deadlines.