This book demonstrates the need to coordinate private and corporate actors with national and global sustainable climate policies, with conventions in the spheres of green energy laws, as well as from the spheres of commercial, trade, and other private law.
While many states have joined together in the Paris Agreements in support of green energy policies, it remains a stark reality that most of the efforts to reduce greenhouse emissions remain with private actors who operate the various industries, vehicles, and vessels that emit the gases in target. The risks of anthropogenic climate change cannot be solved by environmental law alone and will need complementary support from commercial, corporate, and private law. However, aspects of commercial law, securities law, and trade law can be shown to frustrate certain aspects of green energy policies, resulting in damaging "green paradoxes". It raises issues associated with corporate social responsibility and green paradoxes, with international trade laws, and with liability risks for misrepresenting the state of feasible green energy technologies.
The book will be of interest to students and scholars in the fields of energy law, environmental law, and corporate law.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction; 2. Survey of Green Paradox Models; 3. Internal Mechanisms of Green Paradox Models; 4. Misplaced Reliance on Economic Models of Exhaustible Resources; 5. Complexity in Energy Policies Can Lead to Greater Emissions; 6. Impact of Domestic Energy Security Policy Laws; 7. Impact of International Energy Conventions; 8. International Trade Laws Could Frustrate Green Policies; 9. Choosing Better Policies; 10. References
Chair and Professor Roy Andrew Partain is the Director of the Research Centre for Commercial Law at the University of Aberdeen. He is also the Director of its PhD in Law Program as well as the Theme Coordinator for Aberdeen’s multiple LLM programmes specializing in International Commercial Law, International Trade Law, and in Sustainable Development.