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Beyond the Carbon Economy: Energy Law in Transition


ISBN13: 9780199532698
Published: March 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £100.00



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The present energy economy, with its heavy dependence on fossil fuels, is not sustainable over the medium to long term for many interconnected reasons.

Climate change is now recognized as posing a serious threat. Energy and resource decisions involving the carbon fuels therefore play a large role in this threat. Fossil fuel reserves may also be running short and many of the major reserves are in politically unstable parts of the world.

Yet citizens in nations with rapidly developing economies aspire to the benefits of the modern energy economy. China and India alone have 2.4 billion potential customers for cars, industries, and electrical services. Even so, more than half of the world's citizens still lack access to energy. Decisions involving fossil fuels are therefore a significant part of the development equation.

This volume explains how the law can impede or advance the shift to a world energy picture significantly different from that which exists today.

It first examines the factors that create the problems of the present carbon economy, including environmental concerns and development goals. It then provides international and regional legal perspectives, examining public international law, regional legal structures, the responses of international legal bodies, and the role of major international nongovernmental actors.

The book then moves on to explore sectoral perspectives including the variety of renewable energy sources, new carbon fuels, nuclear power, demand controls, and energy efficiency. Finally, the authors examine how particular States are, could, or should, be adapting legally to the challenges of moving beyond the carbon economy.

Subjects:
Environmental Law, Energy and Natural Resources Law
Contents:
Introduction ,
Don Zillman, Catherine Regwell, Yinka Omorogbe, and Lila K. Barrera-Hernández
Scope and Overview
1. Technology and Climate Change ,
David Keith
2. The Impact on the Environment ,
George Pring
3. The Impact on Developmental Goals ,
Yinka Omorogbe
4. The Adjustment of the Competitive Economy ,
John Gulliver
International and Regional Perspectives
5. The Role of International Law ,
Catherine Redgwell
6. South America: When the Gas is Gone, Will the Water Be Enough ,
Lila Barrera-Hernandez
7. African Responses and Initiatives ,
Fui Tsikata and Abeeku BrewHammond
8. The Development of Renewable Energy Through Public International Law ,
Adrian Bradbrook
Sectoral Perspectives and Technology-Based Approaches
9. National Laws Advancing Renewable Energies ,
Richard Ottinger
10. Heavy Duty Transition Fuels: Oil Sands and Heavy Oils ,
Alistair Lucas
11. Energy Efficiency and the Law ,
Barry Barton
12. Biofuels: EU Law and Policy , Inigo del Guayo
13. Reducing Carbon Emissions in Electricity Generation: Is the Answer Blowing in the Wind? ,
Anita Ronne and Aileen McHarg
14. Market Instruments and other Regulatory Tools in the Intersection between Energy Law and Environmental Law ,
Ulf Hammer
15. Nuclear Power's Role in Moving Beyond the Carbon Economy ,
Donald N. Zillman
16. The Capture, Storage and Use of Carbon Dioxide Emissions ,
Nigel Bankes and Martha Roggenkamp
National Perspectives
17. China's Efforts for a Low Carbon Future ,
Wang Mingyuan
18. The Legal Situation of Biomass in Brazil ,
Yanko Marcius de Alencar Xavier
19. Law, Innovation and Change: Moving Beyond the Carbon Economy in Australia ,
Lee Godden
20. The Future of an Economy Based on Oil Exploitation: The Mexican Case ,
Jose Juan Gonzalez
21. In Search of the Best Energy Mix: The Case of Japan ,
Kazuhiro Nakatani
22. India's Road to Clean Development ,
Lavanya Rajamani
23. Energy Resources Development Policy in Russia ,
Irina Krasnova
24. Moving Beyond Carbon Energy in a Petroleum Exporting Nation ,
Lawrence Asekome Atsegbua
Conclusion
25. The Contribution of the Law to a New Energy Future ,
Catherine Redgwell. Don Zillman, Yinka Omorogbe, and Lila BarreraHernández