Environmental Summit of the Americas
January 15-16, 2020
Hyatt Regency Mexico City
Campos Elíseos 204, Polanco, Polanco IV Secc, 11560 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Opening Remarks and Keynote Presentation
Judy Perry Martinez, President, American Bar Association, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Dr. José Sarukhán Kermez, Coordinador Nacional, Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad, Mexico City, Mexico
Dr. María Amparo Martínez Arroyo, General Director, Instituto Nacional de Ecología y Cambio Climático, Mexico City, Mexico
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Addressing Global Climate Change Issues Across the Americas
The impacts of climate change do not stop at international borders. In the Americas, the nations who have contributed the least to climate change will be among the ones most impacted by it. This panel discussion will bring together thought leaders from throughout the Americas to discuss how local and regional efforts can be coordinated to address greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the impacts of climate change across these diverse nations.
Eduardo Piquero, Director, MÉXICO₂, Mexico City, Mexico
Montserrat Xilotl, Regional Technical Specialist on Climate Change Adaptation, United Nations Development Programme, Global Environmental Finance Unit, Mexico City, Mexico
Dinner co-sponsored by Galicia Abogados and Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Thursday January 16, 2020
8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Welcome and Introductions
8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Anticorruption, Social Integrity and Parent Company Liability in Environmental Projects Round Table
Investors and developers increasingly need to ensure that anti-corruption and social integrity policies are in place before embarking on international energy, infrastructure, and mining projects. Failure to institute such policies runs the risk of legal peril, not just for the project companies, but also for parent and other related entities. This session will explore anti-corruption and social integrity policies from a variety of perspectives and share measures that parent companies can take to protect themselves in this area.
Araya v Nevsun Resources Ltd. Citation
Choc v Hudbay Minerals Inc. Citation
Das v George Weston Limited Citation
United States v Bestfoods Brief
Vedanta Resources PLC v Lungowe Judgment
10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Extended Producer Responsibility/Circular Economy Round Table
The circular economy is gaining significant traction and attention in many parts of the world and within the global supply chain. However, it is still in the early stages of implementation in several Latin American countries. This session will explore how some jurisdictions have advanced extended producer responsibility principles to consider the social, environmental, and economic costs associated with a product throughout its lifecycle and incorporated them into the product’s market price and other elements of the supply chain. International implications of extended producer responsibility rules from a supply chain perspective will also be discussed.
11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
11:45 a.m.– 1:00 p.m.
Social License in Resource Development—Dealing with Local and Indigenous Communities Round Table
Many regions of the world are rich in minerals or alternative sources of energy. To explore and develop these resources, social impacts must be considered in addition to economic and environmental concerns. A resource development project can face fundamental challenges when it has not been approved from a social license perspective. This session will discuss successes, failures, and lessons learned in various jurisdictions across the Americas.
Businesses and Human Rights
Impact Assessment Act
Is There Any Indigenous Rights Legislation in the Pipeline?
The Equator Principles
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Plastics—National and International Approaches Round Table
Pollution and environmental harms associated with plastics has been receiving international scrutiny, given their universal prevalence, high durability, and impacts on the environment, and, in particular, the marine environment. Many jurisdictions are now implementing legislation to reduce plastic consumption and to better control plastic waste. This session will consider and compare approaches taken by jurisdictions in North, Central, and South America.
Coca-Cola Named the World’s Most Polluting Brand in Plastic Waste Audit
Every Animal Pulled from the Deepest Part of the Ocean Had Plastic in Its Gut
Pathways and Fluxes of Plastics into the Oceans Image
Plastic ‘Nurdles’ Found Littering UK Beaches
The Contribution of Washing Processes of Synthetic Clothes to Microplastic Pollution
The Pervasiveness of Microplastics
3:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Contaminated Sites and Remediation Round Table
All industrialized jurisdictions have, to varying degrees, issues arising from contamination as a result of new or historic industrial operations. These issues can become significant liabilities and, in the context of international transactions, must be considered. This session will address domestic approaches for addressing contaminated sites and will consider how, in the context of commercial and corporate transactions, buyers can best protect themselves from current and future liability