Topic: Sustainability

EU flags sustainability concerns in PPC predatory pricing chargesheet

Greece’s largest energy supplier excluded rivals by selling electricity in the wholesale market below cost, potentially deterring investments into more environmentally friendly energy sources, the European Commission has said.

07 February 2024

New Zealand enforcer lays out path for sustainability cooperation

New Zealand’s Commerce Commission has become the latest enforcer to publish sustainability guidelines, warning mandatory standards could harm competition.

04 December 2023

Broader approach to sustainability is needed, South African enforcer says

Competition policy should address the broader socio-economic objectives of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, rather than focus narrowly on climate change, a top official at South Africa’s antitrust authority has said.

12 October 2023

Sustainability benefits override competition concerns in ACCC clearance

A consortium can acquire an Australian gas and electricity company to help the country’s renewable energy transition despite the deal raising “long-standing” competition concerns, the national competition authority has said.

10 October 2023

CMA horizontal guidelines diverge from EU on public information exchange

The UK’s antitrust authority has published the final version of its horizontal agreement guidelines, which diverge from the EU on certain types of information exchange and omit a section on sustainability agreements.

17 August 2023

Greenwashing distorts competitive markets, ACCC official warns

Too many businesses are “greenwashing” to gain a competitive advantage over those taking genuine steps to adopt sustainable practices, a senior official at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has said.

08 August 2023

Sustainability guidance will evolve with increased experience, CMA official says

The approach to sustainability agreements taken by the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority will “evolve” over time given its recent draft guidelines on these collaborations do not reflect any “significant experience” in handling such matters, a senior UK enforcer has said.

29 June 2023

Dutch enforcer will not issue fines for sustainability exemption breaches, official says

An official at the Dutch antitrust authority has expressed reluctance to issue fines for breaches of the European Commission’s proposed exemption from competition rules for sustainability agreements in the agricultural sector.

12 June 2023

EU sustainability exemptions risk greenwashing and profiteering, consumer group says

The European Commission must ensure its draft exemption of sustainability agreements in the agricultural sector from competition rules does not lead to excessive prices for citizens, a senior official from one of the bloc’s biggest consumer associations has said.

12 June 2023

Singapore to issue sustainability guidelines

The Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore has revealed it plans to issue guidance on how it will assess sustainability collaborations between competitors.

08 June 2023

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