Energy, Governance and Sustainability


Energy, Governance and Sustainability Editors: Nathalie Chalifour, Louis J. Kotze Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd Pages: 352 Language: English ISBN: 9781785368110 Categories: ,

This timely book makes an original and in-depth contribution to the debate about how to transform our energy governance systems into ones that support a fair, safe and sustainable society. It combines perspectives from leading scholars to provide a global outlook on alternative approaches to energy governance and innovative experiences. Taken as a whole, it offers a unique overview of some of the innovative and novel ways in which law can support the shift to sustainable and equitable energy systems. The first section lays the conceptual and theoretical foundations for alternative approaches to energy governance, including its constitutional foundations, the role of human rights, and an environmentally just system that seeks universal access to energy for all. The second section showcases concrete innovative experiences in energy governance from around the globe, including smart cities, the role of the courts, energy efficiency of buildings and the harnessing of energy from waste. Finally, the authors consider the social justice dimension, discussing the exploitation of energy resources by multinational companies in developing countries and the importance of agricultural production, distribution and consumption in energy transformation. This unique overview of state-of-the-art approaches to transformation of energy governance is vital reading for policy-makers and both legal and non-legal scholars concerned with energy law, sustainability and justice, as well as global governance.

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'In summary, the book provides an interesting mix of energy topics and perspectives that appears somewhat eclectic at first glance. . . the book is a very useful and scholarly addition to the literature on energy governance and is recommended reading for all those who need to be better informed on the challenges and some of the solutions available at the current time.' -- David Grinlinton, Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law 'The book brings together scholars from all over the world to address issues of energy governance and sustainability. It provides a unique insight into the nexus between theory, human rights constitutionalism, environmental justice and the practical application of energy policy and legislation ranging from energy supply, renewable energy, energy markets and financing to hydraulic fracturing and energy efficiency. The book brings perspectives from the developed and developing world, and proposes recommendations on how the energy crisis can be addressed from a legal perspective. Although the book is written from a legal perspective, scholars and practitioners from other disciplines will also find the book insightful.' -- Willemien Du Plessis, North-West University, South Africa 'The IUCN Academy of Environmental Law has forged a global reputation as one of the leading forums for environmental law scholarship, as exemplified by this important new volume on energy governance. Professors Jaria-Manzano, Chalifour and Kotze have masterfully crafted an internationally diverse and thought-provoking account of the state of energy law and its future reform. For anyone concerned about addressing climate change, this book should be essential reading.' -- Benjamin J. Richardson, University of Tasmania, Australia 'Energy governance is a problem worldwide. Identification of causes, options and solutions are therefore very welcome. This book does this. It sketches the essential foundations for a sustainable energy governance, illustrated by different experiences and identifying governance gaps which have to be tackled. A job well done by the team of Jaria-Manzano, Chalifour and Kotze.' -- Kurt Deketelaere, KU Leuven and Secretary-General, LER Overall, the book Energy, Governance and Sustainability offers a fresh perspective on several topical environmental issues and how, in some cases, these can be addressed through the implementation of novel legal frameworks, finding the links between environmental justice, human rights and energy transitions. . . This book offers an interesting and innovative journey for the reader. It not only deals with legal aspects, but it also provides the reader with novel insights of current environmental issues and how these can have a great impact on human life particularly well-illustrated in the case study of the Niger-Delta, where Okonkwo exemplified how the oil industry has led not only to environmental degradation, but also to vandalism amongst youths, displacement, kidnapping, militancy and terrorism.' -- European Energy and Environmental Law Review

Author Biography

Edited by Jordi Jaria-Manzano, Serra Hunter Fellow in Constitutional and Environmental Law, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Catalonia, Spain, Nathalie Chalifour, Associate Professor, University of Ottawa, Canada and Louis J. Kotze, Research Professor, North-West University, South Africa