Monday, February 26, 2024

Law Library of Congress Comparative Table on Carbon Neutrality Legislation Around the World

The Law Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. recently published a table on Carbon Neutrality Legislation Around the World:

"This table shows the 57 jurisdictions around the world that the Law Library of Congress has identified as having a net zero emissions or climate neutrality goal set forth in existing or pending legislation. The table highlights existing legislation with established targets and the most recent legislative proposals that are not yet enacted. Existing legislation includes that of the European Union (EU) and its 27 member states, where a June 2021 regulation sets 2050 as the target date for climate neutrality. Fifteen EU member states have passed their own legislation in addition to the directly applicable regulation, including three that have set an earlier target date. To date, 25 jurisdictions outside the EU have passed legislation containing a carbon neutrality or net zero emissions goal, with four jurisdictions (Gibraltar, Iceland, Maldives and Scotland) setting a target date earlier than 2050, while two jurisdictions (Kazakhstan and Nigeria) target the achievement of carbon neutrality later that 2050. At least two other countries (Argentina and Israel) have proposed legislation that includes the goal, and one nation (Chile) has proposed legislation specifying electricity transmission as an enabling sector for carbon neutrality. Two jurisdictions (Russia and the United Kingdom) have enacted laws with carbon neutrality or net zero goals at the subnational level, while Brazil has proposed legislation with the goal of net carbon neutrality in the Brazilian Amazon."

The Law Library of Congress is the world’s largest law library, with a collection of over 2 and a half million volumes from all ages of history and virtually every jurisdiction in the world.

Over the years, it has published dozens of comparative law reports which are a treasure trove for legal research on a huge variety of issues.

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