Beyond The Carbon Economy: Energy Law in Transition

Hardcover | March 6, 2008

EditorCatherine Redgwell, Don Zillman, Yinka Omorogbe

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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 largerole 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. This book 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 ofinternational 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 howparticular States are, could, or should, be adapting legally to the challenges of moving beyond the carbon economy.

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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 largerole in this threat. Fossil fuel reserves may ...

Catherine Redgwell is Professor of International Law and Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Laws at University College London. Don Zillman is Godfrey Professor of Law at the University of Maine at Fort Kent. Professor Yinka Omorogbe is Head of the Department of Public and International Law at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Lila K. Barrer...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:510 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.46 inPublished:March 6, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199532699

ISBN - 13:9780199532698

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Catherine Redgwell. Don Zillman, Yinka Omorogbe, and Lila Barrera-Hernandez: IntroductionScope and Overview1. David Keith: Technology and Climate Change2. George 'Rock' Pring: The Impact on the Environment3. Yinka Omorogbe: The Impact on Developmental Goals4. John Gulliver: The Adjustment of the Competitive EconomyInternational and Regional Perspectives5. Catherine Redgwell: The Role of International Law6. Lila Barrera-Hernandez: South America: When the Gas is Gone, Will the Water Be Enough7. Fui Tsikata and Abeeku Brew-Hammond: African Responses and Initiatives8. Adrian Bradbrook: The Development of Renewable Energy Through Public International LawSectoral Perspectives and Technology-Based Approaches9. Richard Ottinger: National Laws Advancing Renewable Energies10. Alistair Lucas: Heavy Duty Transition Fuels: Oil Sands and Heavy Oils11. Barry Barton: Energy Efficiency and the Law12. Inigo del Guayo: Biofuels: EU Law and Policy13. Anita Ronne and Aileen McHarg: Reducing Carbon Emissions in Electricity Generation: Is the Answer Blowing in the Wind?14. Ulf Hammer: Market Instruments and other Regulatory Tools in the Intersection between Energy Law and Environmental Law15. Donald N. Zillman: Nuclear Power's Role in Moving Beyond the Carbon Economy16. Nigel Bankes and Martha Roggenkamp: The Capture, Storage and Use of Carbon Dioxide EmissionsNational Perspectives17. Wang Mingyuan: China's Efforts for a Low Carbon Future18. Yanko Marcius de Alencar Xavier: The Legal Situation of Biomass in Brazil19. Lee Godden: Law, Innovation and Change: Moving Beyond the Carbon Economy in Australia20. Jose Juan Gonzalez: The Future of an Economy Based on Oil Exploitation: The Mexican Case21. Kazuhiro Nakatani: In Search of the Best Energy Mix: The Case of Japan22. Lavanya Rajamani: India's Road to Clean Development23. Irina Krasnova: Energy Resources Development Policy in Russia24. Lawrence Asekome Atsegbua: Moving Beyond Carbon Energy in a Petroleum Exporting NationConclusion25. Catherine Redgwell. Don Zillman, Yinka Omorogbe, and Lila Barrera-Hernandez: The Contribution of the Law to a New Energy Future