The National, EU and International Law Regulation of Biofuels - Critical Issues for Energy Security, Climate Change Mitigation and Investor Certainty
Thursday 30 July 2009 13:30 to 14:15
LocationBritish Institute of International and Comparative Law, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP
ParticipantsWisam Abboud LLB (UCL) LLM (College of Europe, Bruges) has practiced in the energy regulation/competition and WTO fields for over 8 years. He trained at Simmons & Simmons and subsequently worked at the European Commission and Jones Day. For the last 4 years he has been an independent legal and policy consultant to investment firms in the afore-mentioned areas. For the last year, Wisam has been a Visiting Fellow at the British Institute of International and Comparative law where he has been researching the role of law in biofuel regulation under national (UK and Sweden) , EU and international law.
The direct regulation of biofuels in the European Union is now governed by the 2009 Renewable Energy Sources Directive which came into force in June 2009. It establishes a 10% binding target for renewable use in transport by 2020.
The talk examines the following issues
- Does the new regime achieve its stated objectives of energy security in the transport sector and climate change mitigation?
- Does the new regime provide sufficient legal certainty to the investment community (a purported aim of the binding nature of the 10% target)
- The Directive also establishes the world's first system of environmental sustainability certification for biofuels. Are these sustainability criteria in breach of the EU's international obligations (in particular under WTO law)?
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