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Donald Ristow

Donald Ristow is an associate in Covington’s Environmental Practice Group. His work focuses on helping companies navigate the application of U.S. environmental requirements in commercial, compliance, enforcement, and litigation matters. Mr. Ristow has advised businesses and investors within all of the traditional areas of environmental law, including on site cleanups and liability, hazardous waste management, emissions regulation, natural resource and species protection, and environmental impact assessments.

An expanding component of his practice focuses on the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions and air quality within the energy, electricity, and technology sectors. Mr. Ristow advises multinational companies on greenhouse gas reporting and disclosure requirements applicable within the United States. Since 2015, he also been involved in appellate-level litigation before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, representing a coalition of power companies seeking to advance and defend climate change regulations in several high-profile cases.

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The Role of Carbon Capture and Storage in California’s Net-Zero Future

Earlier today, the Energy Futures Initiative and Stanford University released a new joint report that provides policymakers in California with an action plan for realizing the significant decarbonization opportunities presented by use of carbon, capture and storage (CCS) technology within the state. The results of the study add to a growing body of evidence demonstrating … Continue Reading

CARB Continues Global Leadership Role on Climate with Adoption of Tropical Forest Standard

After nearly a decade of work, on September 19, 2019, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) endorsed its much anticipated Tropical Forest Standard (TFS). The TFS is a first-of-its-kind framework for assessing jurisdiction-scale offset credit programs that reduce emissions from tropical deforestation and degradation. It is widely expected to serve as a replicable model for … Continue Reading

Rising from the Ashes: How PG&E’s Bankruptcy Threatens the Energy Sector and California’s Progress on Climate Change

With potential liabilities in excess of $30 billion stemming from a series of deadly wildfires that ignited across Northern California in 2017 and 2018, Pacific Gas and Electric Company and its holding company PG&E Corp. (PG&E) filed for Chapter 11 relief in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California on Tuesday. … Continue Reading