The Week Ahead: European Parliament to Vote on Energy Efficiency Legislation


The European Parliament is scheduled to vote Sept. 11 on energy efficiency legislation that would require certain steps to be taken during renovations of public buildings, energy-saving actions to be taken by utilities, and energy audits for all large companies. Discussion also is planned on other energy measures. A World Climate Change Reportarticle published June 15 provides details on the European Union's energy road map.

California Ocean Protection Council to Meet

Discussion of the current scientific understanding of ocean acidification and a report by the National Academy of Sciences on Sea-Level Rise for the Coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington: Past, Present, and Future are on the agenda of a Sept. 13 meeting of California's Ocean Protection Council in Sacramento. The council, chaired by Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird, was created under the California Ocean Protection Act (COPA), which was signed into law in 2004 to "ensure California maintains healthy, resilient, and productive ocean and coastal ecosystems for the benefit of current and future generations."

Carbon Disclosure Project to Host Forum

The Climate Disclosure Project will host the Global Climate Change Forum Sept.12 live via CDP and Bloomberg websites broadcasting from Bonn; London; New York; Mumbai; San Francisco; and Sao Paulo, Brazil. The forum will feature the release of the Global 500 Climate Change Report 2012on how the largest corporations are addressing climate change and adapting operations in a resource-constrained world. 

2012 Election to Be Discussed at ELI Event

The Environmental Law Institute will hold an event Sept. 11 in New York on "The Environmental Stakes in the 2012 Election." Panelists include Kenneth Berlin, retired partner with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP; Michael Gerrard, director of the Center for Climate Change at Columbia Law School; Raymond Ludwiszewski, partner with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher; and Mark McIntosh, former general counsel for the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

EPA to Hold Webinar on Climate Leadership Awards 

The Environmental Protection Agency will hold a webinar Sept. 13 on the 2013 Climate Leadership Awards. The awards program is co-sponsored by the Association of Climate Change Officers, the Climate Registry, and the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES). The webinar will explain award categories and answer questions about evaluation criteria and the application process. The deadline for applications is Oct. 12. Winners will be announced in February or March 2013.