Science Based Regulation of Arctic Energy Installations (SciBAr Installations)

Professor Tina Hunter is co-leading (with Professor Elizabeth Kirk from the Nottingham Trent University) a project examining the degree to which the physical sciences, technology and engineering must and can influence regulation and governance to ensure sustainability of Arctic activities. The project, funded by the AHRC, facilitates the development of a transdiciplinary network of academics and stakeholders designed to provide a 360 degree review of the governance and regulation of threats and impacts to the environment, industry, local communities and other stakeholders associated with offshore energy installations in the Arctic. Under the framework of the project, the inaugural workshop was held at the University of Aberdeen in January 2018. As a direct result of the establishment of the network, the Arctic States, governmental and intergovernmental bodies will benefit from improved connections with experts able to provide advice on scientific understanding of the threats and impacts from and to offshore energy installations and on actual and potential governance and regulatory responses to these threats and impacts. 

Legal Assistance in the Field of Energy to DG ENER (EU Commission)

A consortium including the Centre for Energy Law and VVA Europe, Spark Legal Network, as well as the Groningen Centre of Energy Law has been selected for the provision of services of legal, economic and technical assistance in the fields of energy and transport policies in the context of the framework contract for the SRD MOVE/ENER/SRD.1./2012-409 tender. 

Carnegie Trust in Relation to Innovation and Energy

Abbe Brown is conducting a project funded by the Carnegie Trust in relation to innovation and energy. Dr Brown is looking at whether or not there might be workable new forms of encouraging innovation which are not based in intellectual property rights. Options might be prizes, a different form of exclusive control of innovation more akin to the oil and gas licensing system, a more community based approach, and/or one which takes into account other forms of legal regulation (like competition and climate change).