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Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage: Existing and Emerging Legal Principles journal article

Benoit Mayer

Carbon & Climate Law Review, Volume 13 (2019), Issue 2, Page 113 - 121

The Paris Agreement was largely understood as an implicit recognition of the need for a large-scale deployment of negative emissions technologies, in particular bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS), as part of an enhanced action on climate change mitigation. Yet, a large-scale deployment of BECCS, if feasible at all, would raise serious concerns relating to the social and environmental impacts of bioenergy, the safety of the transportation and the durability of the storage, as well as more general matters of cost-sharing, burden-sharing and responsibilities on the international plane. Although no international law instrument addresses these concerns specifically, some principles of general international law are relevant. Accordingly, this article identifies existing and emerging principles of general international law of relevance to BECCS and discusses the need for and opportunity of further developments.



State Ownership and Climate Change Mitigation: journal article

Overcoming the Carbon Curse?

Benoit Mayer, Mikko Rajavuori

Carbon & Climate Law Review, Volume 11 (2017), Issue 3, Page 223 - 233

Climate policies have often focused on the role of State as a regulator. Meanwhile, their role as leading economic actors, especially as shareholders and investors, has been neglected. State-owned enterprises control significant shares of economic sectors which are central to a carbon-intensive economy (eg fossil fuels, power generation), in particular in emerging economies. Positioned within a general trend towards active ownership, this article seeks to initiate a debate on the role that State ownership policies could play in mitigating climate change. After assessing the position of State-owned enterprises in relevant sectors and countries, the article explores policy opportunities for State ownership policies not just to divest from unsustainable practices, but to actively lead the way towards a carbon-neutral economy.

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