Energy & environment

Most investor-state disputes (ISDS) have concerned environmental matters. As of end of 2014, about 41% of all ICSID cases were energy and natural resources-related.

Most well-known cases include:

• Lone Pine Resources (US) vs. Canada: the investor challenged Quebec’s moratorium on the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for natural gas. The provincial government declared the moratorium in 2011 so as to conduct an environmental impact assessment of the extraction method widely accused of leaching chemicals and gases into groundwater and the air. Case pending (NAFTA invoked).

• Bilcon (US) vs. Canada: the US industry challenged Canadian environmental requirements affecting their plans to open a basalt quarry and a marine terminal in Nova Scotia. Bilcon won – damages still pending (NAFTA invoked).

• Vattenfall (Sweden) vs. Germany: in 2007 the Swedish energy corporation was granted a provisional permit to build a coal-fired power plant near the city of Hamburg. In an effort to protect the Elbe river from the waste waters dumped from the plant, environmental restrictions were added before the final approval of its construction. The investor initiated a dispute, arguing it would make the project unviable. The case was ultimately settled in 2011, with the city of Hamburg agreeing to the lowering of environmental standards (ECT invoked).

(October 2015)

Lexology | 9-Jan-2019
The Ukrainian Supreme Court refused recognition and enforcement of the emergency award in Ukraine, based on the grounds that enforcement of the emergency award would be contrary to the public policy of Ukraine
CIAR Global | 8-Jan-2019
El pasado 3 de enero, la compañía estadounidense Legacy Vulcan presentó una demanda de arbitraje de inversiones contra México en relación con sus inversiones en yacimientos de piedra caliza en el país centroamericano.
Daily News Egypt | 7-Jan-2019
Compensation of partners to stop pumping of gas to Damietta LNG Plant with part of revenue.
CIAR Global | 3-Jan-2019
El 28 de diciembre de 2018, el Centro Internacional de Arreglo de Diferencias relativas a Inversiones (Ciadi) registró las que han sido las dos últimas demandas de arbitraje de inversiones recibidas por su Secretaría, Venezuela por un conflicto ante una papelera y Perú por un proyecto de energías renovables
La República | 3-Jan-2019
Un fondo de inversión estadounidense poco conocido se prepara para ganar mucho en las demandas
Business Wire | 3-Jan-2019
At issue is Turkey’s taking of Westwater’s Temrezli and Şefaatli uranium projects in June 2018.
CIAR Global | 20-Dec-2018
El portal Jus Mundi ha publicado el laudo final del arbitraje entre Foresight Luxembourg Solar 1 SARL y España, que dio la razón a los inversores y que hace apenas unas semanas era noticia por el comunicado de la compañía danesa Athena Investments, antes Greentech, sobre su porción del laudo.
Noticias Caracol | 20-Dec-2018
El Estado respondió así a la indemnización de 1.626 millones de pesos que exigió la multinacional española por la intervención de la empresa de servicios públicos.
Total Croatia News | 20-Dec-2018
Many see the withdrawal of the lawsuit as a tactical move whereby MOL wants to additionally strengthen its position in ongoing arbitration proceedings it launched in Washington in 2013.
The Conversation | 19-Dec-2018
Westmoreland Coal is suing Canada because it did not receive a transition payment following Alberta’s coal phaseout plan. For the province, coal mining companies have no role to play in the energy transition.

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