Beyond the Carbon Economy

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-05-28
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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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.

Author Biography

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. Barrera-Hernandez is Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary, Canada.

Table of Contents

Scope and Overview
Technology and Climate Change
The Impact on the Environment
The Impact on Developmental Goals
The Adjustment of the Competitive EconomyInternational and Regional Perspectives
The Role of International Law
South America: When the Gas is Gone, Will the Water Be Enough
African Responses and Initiatives
The Development of Renewable Energy Through Public International LawSectoral Perspectives and Technology-Based Approaches
National Laws Advancing Renewable Energies
Heavy Duty Transition Fuels: Oil Sands and Heavy Oils
Energy Efficiency and the Law
Biofuels: EU Law and Policy
Reducing Carbon Emissions in Electricity Generation: Is the Answer Blowing in the Wind?
Market Instruments and other Regulatory Tools in the Intersection between Energy Law and Environmental Law
Nuclear Power's Role in Moving Beyond the Carbon Economy
The Capture, Storage and Use of Carbon Dioxide EmissionsNational Perspectives
China's Efforts for a Low Carbon Future
The Legal Situation of Biomass in Brazil
Law, Innovation and Change: Moving Beyond the Carbon Economy in Australia
The Future of an Economy Based on Oil Exploitation: The Mexican Case
In Search of the Best Energy Mix: The Case of Japan
India's Road to Clean Development
Energy Resources Development Policy in Russia
Moving Beyond Carbon Energy in a Petroleum Exporting Nation
The Contribution of the Law to a New Energy Future
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