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In November 2021, the city of Glasgow in Scotland will host the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference. In Brazil, the Commission of Foreign Affairs and National Defense held a public hearing on 21 June to discuss the projects that Brazil will present at COP26 after members of the Congress Camilo Capiberibe, David Miranda and Paulo Fernando dos Santos had presented a requirement, for that matter.

On June 14, 2021, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published in the Federal Register a notice [EPA-HQ-OPPT-2021-0286; FRL-10023-61] announcing the availability of an electronic option for submitting the export notifications that are required under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). As an alternative to the hardcopy approach, which is still available, EPA is also now accepting the required export notifications electronically using EPA’s electronic document submission system, the Central Data Exchange (CDX).

The National Assembly of Vietnam, at its recent 10th meeting, has adopted the new Law on Environmental Protection following the proposal of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Vietnam. The New Law represents the most significant modernization of the environmental law regime of Vietnam since the first law on environmental protection in 1993. It will take effect on 1 January 2022 and will replace the current 2014 Law on Environmental Protection.

The UK government has recently published further information about its proposed Plastic Packaging Tax that will apply to plastic packaging containing less than 30% recycled plastic content from 1 April 2022. This latest information is intended to help businesses prepare while the relevant primary legislation, the Finance Bill 2021, is considered by Parliament. Companies who manufacture in, or import into, the UK 10 or more tonnes of plastic packaging over a 12-month period will need to register and account for the tax at the rate of GBP 200 per metric tonne of packaging containing less than 30% recycled content. Record-keeping requirements will still apply even if the 10-tonne threshold is not met.

South Africa received the positive news on 10 June 2021 that the threshold for self-generation power project licenses would increase to 100 MW. This is a welcomed and long-awaited development in a country that has been plagued by power supply challenges, which have had a significant impact on the private sector and are contributing to the impediment of much-needed economic growth in South Africa.

By Ministerial Resolution No. 072-2021-MINAM, published in the Official Journal El Peruano on 30 April 2021, the Ministry of the Environment ordered the publication of the Draft Supreme Decree approving the ‘Provisions for the Management of Eco-Efficiency in Public Administration Entities’ in its institutional portal, in order to receive opinions and/or suggestions from interested parties, for a period of 15 working days from the publication.

Doing Business in Uzbekistan has been prepared as a general guide for companies operating or considering investment in Uzbekistan. The guide is intended to present an overview of the key aspects of the Uzbek legal system and the regulation of business activities in this country.

This handbook Conducting Business in Ukraine 2021 has been prepared by the attorneys of Baker McKenzie’s Kyiv office as a general guide for companies operating or considering investing in Ukraine. It is intended to present an overview of the key aspects of the Ukrainian legal system and the regulation of business activities in the country

Consumer and employee activism and political pressure at both the global and national levels were combining to force ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) issues to the top of the board’s and management’s agenda. Having a clear corporate purpose was becoming essential. On 15 April 2021, partners from across Baker McKenzie recrded a webinar on ESG and Litigation Risks, as part of the Demystifying ESG Webinar Series.