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The recently launched Peoples Forests Partnership (the Partnership), aims to secure commitments to mobilize $20 billion per year by 2030 to Indigenous Peoples, traditional owners, and local communities (IPLCs) for community-based tropical forest conservation and restoration projects in the Global South. Facilitating members of the Partnership include Forest Trends, RECOFTC, Wildlife Works Carbon, Everland, and Green Collar. This Partnership could help reduce 2 billion tonnes of CO2 emissions from deforestation each year, protect 500 million hectares of threatened tropical forest, and support livelihoods and bioeconomy development for over 50 million people in forest communities.    The Partnership was launched last year during the COP 26 conference in Glasgow, following an announcement of funding of $1.7B for IPLCs pledged by Norway, UK, US, Germany, and the Netherlands. The funding, to be provided through 2025, will support the capacity of IPLCs to govern themselves collectively, assist with mapping and registration work, back national land reform, and help resolve conflict over territories.   The Partnership will support performance-based payments, such as carbon credits, and other climate funding mechanisms, including a financing facility specifically focused on strengthening territorial governance to be managed by Forest Trends. The Partnership is organized around two governing principles (i) forest communities are essential conservation partners; and (ii) community-based, values-driven climate and conservation finance projects have the potential to create a future with forests that aligns with forest community rights to their territories, economic self-determination, and cultural traditions.   Facilitating members represent a collective portfolio that includes: over 250,000 Indigenous and other forest community members receiving direct market finance in recognition for protecting forests; ​over 2 million hectares of tropical forests with active climate finance projects; financing already in place for a portfolio of community-based forest conservation projects that will deploy $2 billion in private investment and stop 200 million tonnes of deforestation emissions…

Prime Minister Trudeau yesterday released new mandate letters to cabinet ministers including the Ministers of Environment and Climate Change and Natural Resources, and the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance. Every minister has been directed to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (read our earlier bulletin here).   This bulletin summarizes key climate, energy, and Indigenous objectives highlighted in the ministers’ new mandates:   Environment and Climate Change Minister Guilbeault’s mandate letter situates the minister as the key driver of the federal government’s Climate Plan, delivering on policy and fiscal measures provided in the Strengthened Climate Plan and adopting measures to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.    Key objectives include: Implement the Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act, and bring forward an updated Emissions Reduction Plan to achieve a 40 to 45 per cent reduction in emissions by 2030 from 2005 levels. Cap oil and gas sector emissions at current levels and ensure that the sector makes an ambitious and achievable contribution to meeting the 2030 climate goals. Develop a plan to reduce economy-wide methane emissions consistent with the Global Methane Pledge and require through regulations the reduction of oil and gas methane emissions in Canada by at least 75 per cent below 2012 levels by 2030. Support the global effort to phase out coal-powered electricity and the mining of thermal coal, and ban thermal coal exports from and through Canada no later than 2030. Work with industry, labour, and other stakeholders to develop a regulated sales mandate that at least 50 per cent of all new light-duty vehicle sales be zero emissions vehicles in 2030, toward achieving Canada’s mandatory target of 100 per cent by 2035. Introduce a Clean Electricity Standard to achieve a net-zero clean electricity grid by 2035. Finalize Canada’s first National Adaptation Strategy in 2022. Work with relevant ministries,…

Resilient LLP is pleased to announce that it has been recognized as an industry leader in global carbon markets by Environmental Finance magazine. Resilient was named the “Best Law Firm” overall in the North American category for GHG Markets in Environmental Finance’s 22nd Annual Market Rankings.   The Annual Market Rankings invite leading brokers, financiers, dealers, and service providers to nominate and vote on leaders in each category based on efficiency and speed of transactions, reliability, innovation, quality of information and services provided, and influence on the market. “We are very pleased that our clients and partners have recognized our services at a time when national and corporate net-zero plans are enhancing environmental integrity and ambition,” said Lisa DeMarco, Senior Partner and CEO of Resilient. “We are grateful for our loyal clients and the market-leading work and innovative transactions that they are doing. This is a critically important time for global carbon markets, which will need to scale by more than 15-fold by 2030 in order to effectively address the challenges of climate change.” A related Environmental Finance article covers key 2021 carbon markets highlights. Resilient LLP is Canada’s only climate and clean energy boutique law firm and provides leading multi-jurisdictional legal advice on all aspects of complex carbon markets, emissions trading, and Indigenous matters. For further information, please contact Lisa DeMarco at lisa@resilientllp.com.

The board of the (IOSCO) today published a series of recommendations applicable to the market for ESG ratings and data products (Ratings). IOSCO notes that the market does not typically fall within the remit of securities regulators and suggests that regulators could consider focusing greater attention on the use of Ratings and the activities of Ratings providers in their jurisdictions. IOSCO’s recommendations are as follows (emphasis added): Regulators could consider focusing more attention on the use of Ratings and Ratings providers that may be subject to their jurisdiction. Ratings providers could consider adopting and implementing written procedures designed to help ensure the issuance of high quality Ratings based on publicly disclosed data sources where possible and other information sources where necessary, using transparent and defined methodologies. Ratings providers could consider adopting and implementing written policies and procedures designed to help ensure their decisions are independent, free from political or economic interference, and appropriately address potential conflicts of interest that may arise from, among other things, the Ratings providers’ organizational structure, business or financial activities, or the financial interests of the Ratings providers and their officers and employees. Ratings providers could consider identifying, avoiding or appropriately managing, mitigating and disclosing potential conflicts of interest that may compromise the independence and objectivity of the Ratings provider’s operations. Ratings providers could consider making adequate levels of public disclosure and transparency a priority for their Ratings, including their methodologies and processes to enable the users of the product to understand what the product is and how it is produced, including any potential conflicts of interest and while maintaining a balance with respect to proprietary or confidential information, data and methodologies. Ratings providers could consider adopting and implementing written policies and procedures designed to address and protect all non-public information received from or communicated to them…

We would like to congratulate Lisa DeMarco who was elected Chair of the governing council of the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) at its Annual General Meeting on November 9, 2021. Lisa is the first woman to serve as Chair of IETA and previously served as Vice Chair. She is Senior Partner and CEO of Resilient LLP and has more than two decades of experience in law, regulation, policy and advocacy relating to energy and climate change. Mary Grady, Executive Director of the American Carbon Registry, and Enric Arderiu, Global Head of Environmental Products at Mercuria Energy Trading S.A., were elected Vice Chairs. More information is available in IETA’s press release. IETA is the voice of business on carbon markets around the world. Established in 1999, IETA’s members include global leaders in the electricity, oil/gas, cement, aluminium, chemical, mining, technology, standards, verification, broking, trading, legal, finance, accounting and consulting industries. More information about IETA is available on its website.