A blast of arctic air across much of the US resulted in below-freezing temperatures, equipment failures and widespread loss of power last month, as electricity generators struggled to meet demand. Most of the power losses were in Texas, which is home to a large swath of petrochemical production facilities, among many other major energy and industrial operations.
Multiple manufacturers and producers shut down or lost operations as a result of the winter storm, leading to supply chain disruptions. As temperatures rise and businesses focus on the aftermath of the storm, now is the time to consider whether or not performance has been excused by force majeure clauses.
EU Taxonomy Regulation and aviation: A transition to sustainability
On 5 April 2023 the long-awaited draft amendment to Delegated Act EU 2021/2139 including draft technical screening criteria in Annex 1 (the Draft Delegated Act) was published by the European Commission heralding the inclusion of aviation as a transitional activity within the EU Taxonomy Regulation. Following consultation, the draft was then updated on 13 June 2023 and published as part of the European Commission’s sustainable finance framework.
Future policy framework for Power CCUS: Government Response
In July 2022, the government published its call for evidence on the future policy framework for the delivery of power with Carbon Capture, Usage and Storage (CCUS) (Call for Evidence), seeking views on how best to support the continued deployment of power CCUS projects beyond Track-1 of its Cluster Sequencing process.