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Energy and Sustainability

Positioned within the University’s energy research spearhead, the Groningen Centre of Energy Law (GCEL) performs world-class legal research on Energy and Sustainability. Its research covers the entire energy chain (‘from well to burner tip‘) and includes all legislation and regulations applying to the production, transmission and supply of energy, the promotion of renewable energy sources, the need to secure energy supply as well as issues concerning climate change and environmental protection.

The Energy and Sustainability research programme focusses on energy law and addresses the question as to which instruments are effective in ensuring energy transition, a process whereby fossil fuels are replaced with renewable energy sources and energy efficiency is stimulated.

This research question is answered through a combined law-and-economics and legal methodology involving all legal disciplines (including international and European law, public law, private law and tax law), concentrating on the following four sub-questions:

  • How to create a competitive energy market?
  • How to define sustainability?
  • How to effectively incentivise energy transition?
  • Does the legal framework enable energy transition?

The GCEL also participates in the University-wide Groningen Energy and Sustainability Programme (GESP) and provides the necessary academic backing for the legal track in the Energy Academy Europe. The GCEL is well-connected to the global legal research community and also to researchers in various other scientific disciplines such as economics, social psychology and geology. The GCEL has been very successful in attracting funding for additional (legal) energy research. This involves public funds (NWO, Nucleus), public-private funds (Energy Delta Gas Research EDGaR, CATO2) and private funds (RWE, Nord Stream).

Laatst gewijzigd:13 juli 2018 12:39