Mollie Brennan

Mollie
Brennan

Research Associate

Mollie is a Research Associate in Global Counsel’s Asia team. Mollie previously taught English in Kazakhstan, Russia and Ukraine. At Global Counsel, Mollie assists teams with research and analysis. In her work, she has a focus on environmental legislation and sustainability, as well as political monitoring in Russia and the CIS.

Read posts by Mollie on the Global Counsel blog.

Articles by Mollie Brennan on the GC Blog and GC analysis

Killing vegans?

Authors: 
Beall
Brennan
2 Nov 2018
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Region: 
Multilateral

That probably got your attention. It certainly got enough attention to ensure that the editor of Waitrose’s food magazine, William Sitwell, had to stand down after he joked that "killing vegans, one by one" was preferable to publishing a feature on plant based recipes. The story broke on World Vegan Day: talk about bad timing.

No more clutching at straws - the policy journey to phasing out single use plastic in the UK

Author: 
Brennan
5 Oct 2018
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Region: 
UK

At the governing UK Conservative party’s conference this week, parliamentary undersecretary of state, Therese Coffey, promised a ‘radical’ Waste and Resources Strategy by the end of 2018. A series of government enquiries this year have underscored widespread support for more hard-nosed policies. The EU’s circular economy package recycling targets and China’s hardening line on waste imports are also pressuring policymakers to move. So, what should businesses expect?

Greener than Trump: how seriously can we take Chinese low carbon leadership?

Author: 
Brennan
7 Apr 2017
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Region: 
Multilateral

Whatever gets discussed at Mar-a-Lago between Donald Trump and Xi Jinping, it probably won’t include climate change. Trump has just ripped up Obama’s Clean Power Plan and approved Keystone XL. Xi is positioning China as the new global leader in climate change. Anyone trying to make sense of what this means for demand for renewables and the global dynamic in climate policy obviously has an interest in wondering what this adds up to. Xi can legitimately argue that he is bringing more to the energy transition table than the Trump administration is. But that is a very low bar. How seriously can we take China’s claim to leadership?   

Investors raising the bar for ESG disclosures

Author: 
Brennan
16 Sep 2016
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Region: 
Multilateral

Everyday it seems there is another responsible investment framework, or new updates to comply with. Investors have driven the creation of these frameworks – now they need to drive their consolidation.