Australia: Norton Rose to host official launch of "Clean Energy Law in Australia"
Last Updated: 3 February 2013

International legal practice Norton Rose in Australia will host the launch of Clean Energy Law in Australia, an online subscription service and book on Australia's Clean Energy legislation.

The work is authored by Dr Damien Lockie with leading legal contributors including Elisa de Wit, partner and national head of climate change at Norton Rose. It will officially be launched by The Hon Mark Dreyfus QC, MP Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency at Norton Rose's Melbourne office on January 30.

Dr Damien Lockie, barrister, mediator and author, said "The work is the first of its kind on Australia's clean energy laws. It provides in house counsel and liable entities with commentary and analysis to assist in their day to day compliance operations."

"One of the biggest challenges for Australian industry is to understand and comply with the new laws. They involve self-assessment regimes and the rules are new and complex. There are no safe-harbours," he said.

The work covers all aspects of Australia's clean energy policies including the carbon pricing mechanism, renewable energy, energy efficiency, the carbon farming initiative, fuel tax credits, synthetic greenhouse gases, accounting and disclosures, grants, and taxation incentives.

According to Elisa de Wit, partner and national head of climate change at Norton Rose, "The work provides a timely and comprehensive commentary on the full suite of Federal laws and regulations for Australia's clean energy future and it removes much of the complexity."

The Hon Mark Dreyfus QC, MP Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency said, "Clean Energy Law in Australia is a comprehensive commentary on Commonwealth laws and regulations for Australia's clean energy future. The LexisNexis online version is particularly helpful as it includes additional content and incorporates links to relevant legislation, regulations, case law and other supporting materials.

"Building a clean energy future is vitally important for our country, and for future generations. The need to understand this change, and the laws that underpin it, will only grow over the longer term implementation of the legislation and regulations," he said.

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