Report on Vattenfall governance and the energy transition (Swedish National Audit Office)

The Swedish National Audit Office (Riksrevisionen) has just published a report on how Vattenfall performs in the energy transition. More precisely, the report looks at the role played by the Swedish state in terms of governance and concludes that "the government has not been sufficiently proactive in its governance of the company and has not followed up emission reductions."

Full report in Swedish available here.

And English summary here.


"Vattenfall - konkurrenskraftigt och ledande i energiomställningen?" (RiR 2015:6)
"Vattenfall - a competitive leader in energy transition?" (RiR 2015:6)


Save the date: 27th European Energy Law Seminar, The Hague, 25-26 January 2016

The 27th European Energy Law Seminar is organised on 25-26 January 2016 in The Hague, The Netherlands (hotel Hilton).

On the programme: Energy Union, protection of investments in energy infrastructures, latest EU case law, recent competition cases, offshore electricity grid, EU LNG strategy, smart metering, energy storage, heat supply, internal energy market, tariff codes, offshore safety regulation, electricity storage, transparency in supply contracts, retail energy markets.

Full programme and registration details will be published shortly on the Dutch Energy Law Association NeVER website: http://www.never.nl

Further information: NeVER secretariat secretariaat@never.nl or University of Oslo catherine.banet@jus.uio.no

Organisation committee institutions: NeVER; University of Groningen, Centre of Energy Law; University of Oslo, Petroleum and Energy Law Department of the Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law


Speaking at the Third European Environmental Law Forum Conference (2-3 September, France)

The European Environmental Law Forum (EELF) holds its third annual conference in Aix-en-Provence, France on 2-3 September. The topic of the conference is: Effectiveness in Environmental Law.

I will be presenting a paper on "Double burden in environmental regulation: the simultaneous application of a carbon tax and an emissions trading scheme to the offshore petroleum sector in Norway." The presentation will be subject to a publication later this year. 

The general programme of the conference can be accessed here.


New publication: "Coexistence and interaction between offshore petroleum activities and the surrounding physical environment"

My latest article has been released as book chapter in SIMPLY 2014 - Scandinanvian Institute of Maritime Law. Below follow the full references:

Catherine Banet, "Coexistence and interaction between offshore petroleum activities and the surrounding physical environment: area use and emissions regulation"

in SIMPLY 2014, ISSN 0332-7868, pp.257-286


"The purpose of this article is to examine the manner in which offshore petroleum activities are regulated, with respect to their interaction with the surrounding environment, at two stages before petroleum products are transported and transformed to reach the market. First, it examines how the different economic, social and environmental interests related to the use of relevant sea areas are weighted against each other at the stage of opening areas for petroleum exploration. Second, it reviews the regulation of emissions from offshore petroleum activities into the environment during the production phase."

More on SIMPLY Yearbook and how to order the book here.


New call for proposals for Projects of Common Interests in the field of trans-European energy infrastructure is out

The European Commission published on 30 June 2015 a new call for proposals under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for trans-European energy infrastructure projects on the list of Projects of Common Interest. The total allocated envelope is EUR550 million


Dutch Court rules that the Dutch state must take further action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (Urgenda vs. the State of The Netherlands)

Here is a link to today's decision from The Hague District Court in case Urgenda Foundation vs. the State of The Netherlands. The Court ruled that the Dutch state "must" take more action to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions in The Netherlands.

The operative part of the decision states that:

The court:
5.1. orders the State to limit the joint volume of Dutch annual greenhouse gas emissions, or have them limited, so that this volume will have reduced by at least 25% at the end of 2020 compared to the level of the year 1990, as claimed by Urgenda, in so far as acting on its own behalf;


Nytt innlegg: "Et offensivt og sammenhengende grønt diplomati for Norge" (for Norsk Klimastiftelse)

Spørsmålet var: Hvordan bør Norge bidra til det globale grønne skiftet?

Mitt svar:
"Norge bør utvikle en offensiv diplomatisk strategi for det grønne skiftet – i samsvar med en klar og sammenhengende utenrikspolitikk innen miljø, petroleum og energi.
... "
Les hele mitt svar i form av en artikkel i rapporten «Slik kan Norge gjøre en forskjell», gitt ut av Norsk Klimastiftelse i juni 2015.

Les resten av innlegget HER.


New chronicle: "For an ambitious and coherent green diplomacy in Norway"

The question was: How shall Norway contribute to global energy transition?
My answer:
"Norway should develop an ambitious diplomatic strategy for the energy transition - in accordance with a clear and coherent foreign policy within environmental protection, petroleum and energy.

... "
Read my full answer in the form of an article in the report "How can Norway make a difference", which was released by the Norwegian Climate Foundation in June 2015.

Read the rest of my post HERE. (in Norwegian)

If you are interested in a translation, please send me an e-mail.