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In the fifth episode of the series, partner Eva-Maria Strobel and senior associate Tiffany Conley from our IP and data and technology practice discuss green trademarks in green innovation, the options for protection, and the challenges of green trademarks registration. They examine the issues surrounding the revocation of registered trademarks, and highlight the trends and developments from both a European and Asia Pacific lens.

The Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment in South Africa has published a notice excluding the development and expansion of solar photovoltaic facilities, including any associated activity or infrastructure from the requirement to obtain environmental authorization in terms of the National Environmental Management Act. Members of the public have 30 days from the date of publication (8 September 2022) to submit comments on the draft notice. The proposed exclusion for solar photovoltaic facilities presents opportunities for independent, small-scale power producers and is considered to be a step forward for the government in terms of its commitment to energy transition and to securing a reliable supply of clean energy in the country.

In the fourth episode of the series, partner Nathalie Marchand from our Paris office is joined by special counsel Grace Wong from our Hong Kong office to explore differing collaboration trends and entities in green innovation, considerations regarding green innovation agreements, protection of confidentiality of green innovations and tips in navigating potential termination of the collaboration.

Ahead of our participation in COP27 in Sharm El-Sheik, Egypt, in November, we will explore in this webinar how the new mechanisms agreed under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement can play a key role in NDC implementation. Our focus will be on both the opportunities these mechanisms provide and the near-term challenges to accessing these.

Carbon tax was introduced in 2019 to assist South Africa to deliver on commitments made in the Paris Agreement in 2015. This tax is expected to increase in the years ahead, and carbon-intensive businesses have spoken out about the negative impact of this tax on their bottom lines, especially as they continue to recover from the pandemic and invest in energy transition infrastructure. As the clean energy industry grows, so does the need for specific incentives or legislation to deal with certain spin-offs from the measures introduced to reduce exposure to carbon tax. As such, more policies that incentivize the reduction of carbon emissions and the transition to clean energy are likely to be announced in the coming years.

In the third episode of the series, Mackenzie Martin, partner in our IP and Technology practice in Texas, and Tanvi Shah, senior associate in IP and Technology in London, discuss the role of patents, trade secrets, and plant variety rights in green innovation — and in particular, how they incentivize and promote technological development in the consumer goods and retail industry.

Let’s Talk Climate Crisis (Hablemos de la Crisis Ambiental) is a sustainability project of the Corporate Social Responsibility area of Baker McKenzie Mexico that invites the audience to reflect on the environmental and climate crisis through a series of webinars. The goal is to collectively build proposals for a sustainable and inclusive world based on human rights and the principles of equality and justice by recognizing ourselves as active subjects in the construction of knowledge and in the solutions. The podcast is available in Spanish only.

With a growing trend toward taking more ESG measures, some companies are at risk of lawsuits from consumers involving plastic packaging. In light of these trends, corporate boards should take steps to reduce the risk of ESG litigation in connection with their companies’ plastic recyclability labeling and use of plastics within their supply chains.

Resolution No. 625/2022 of the Secretary of Energy included new hydrocarbon ventures in the regime of tax and customs benefits created by Law No. 19,640 for the Province of Tierra del Fuego. The Regime refers to the Special Custom Area and includes: a) exemptions of federal taxes applicable to activities or operations to be performed in the Special Custom Area or upon goods located in the Special Custom Area; and b) customs benefits applicable to the reception or delivery of merchandise that a company located in the Special Custom Area can make from or to companies located in any of the other operative areas. The exemptions apply to income tax, value-added tax and excise tax.

Decree 277/2022 was regulated by means of Decree 484/2022, published in the Official Gazette on 16 August 2022. The Decree created the Foreign Exchange Market Access Regimes for Incremental Oil Production and Natural Gas Production and provides flexibility to access the foreign exchange market for a percentage of the amount of the incremental production volume or the incremental injection volume, as the case may be. The Regulation establishes the general conditions for accessing the benefit both for E&P companies and their direct suppliers and/or associated third parties.