New book: a Comprehensive Legal Framework for the Development of Offshore Wind Power (Kluwer, 2017)

Just out, here is a new book on offshore wind regulation. The publication takes a comparative approach by reviewing applicable regulations and market conditions in 10 jurisdictions in Europe and Pacific Asia.

It has been a honour to contribute to this publication by authoring two chapters, one on France (Chapter 3) and one on Norway (Chapter 5).

Reference: The Development of a Comprehensive Legal Framework for the Promotion of Offshore Wind Power, Anton Ming-Zhi Gao and Chien-Te Fan (eds.),  Kluwer Law International, 2017, ISBN 9789041183972.


Seminar on climate litigation, Bergen, 31 October 2017

On 31 October 2017, I will have the pleasure to be part of a panel discussion on the topic of climate change litigation in Bergen. The event - free and open to all - is organised by the Centre on Law and Social Transformation of the University of Bergen.


Paper on French energy policy: "An EU-induced Turn to a Market-based French RES Governance?"

Last week we presented a joint paper on energy policy in France. The paper is part of the Research project REMIX and has been presented, in a preliminary version, at the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) in Oslo, on 7 September 2017.

The draft version of the paper called "An EU-induced turn to a marked-based France RES governance" is available here.

The paper is a multidisciplinary collaboration between law and political science.

The final version of the paper will be available by the end of 2017.

Authors: Catherine Banet, University of Oslo, Faculty of Law, and Jørgen Wettestad, Fridtjof Nansen Institute.

More about the REMIX Project here.


Transport of a Russian floating nuclear energy plant along the Norwegian coasts: Norwegian government satisfied by the approach adopted

Norway is used to ship traffic along its coasts, but the announced venue of this vessel has raised particular concerns. In the summer of 2018, the floating nuclear power plant, Akademik Lomonosov, will sail along the Norwegian coasts, as part of its Journey from the Baltic Shipyard of St. Petersburg to Murmansk (where refueling will apparently take place). On 22 July 2017, the Norwegian government announced its satisfaction over the decision made by Rosatom (Russian state nuclear energy Corporation), the operator, that there will not be nuclear fuel on board when the plant will be transported along the coast of Norway (see press release).

Even if projects for floating nuclear power plants - also called Transportable Nuclear Power Plants (TNPP) - were developed in the 1960s, the Akademik Lomonosov will be the first plant of its kind, and pave the way to a new international market segment as other countries have shown interest in the technology.


Draft project of a Global Pact for the Environment - Text made available

On 24 June 2017, the French legal think tank Le Club des Juristes presented to the President of the French Republic the draft project of a Global Pact of the Environment drafted by a group of international environmental lawyers.

The text is available for download in both French:

and English:

Source: Website of Le Club des Juristes


Kronikk: EUs medlemsstater enige om å gi Kommisjonen innsyn i mellomstatlige energiavtaler (Energi og Klima Nettmagasinet)

De siste månedene har fokuset på det energipolitiske området vært rettet mot EUs vinterpakke fra november 2016. Imidlertid burde en annen vinterpakke, fra februar 2016, få like mye oppmerksomhet.

Den andre pakken er også en del av EUs energiunionstrategi, den handler om solidaritet og forsyningssikkerhet, og er av direkte betydning for alle land som leverer olje, gass eller elektrisitet til EU. Den reiser prinsipielle spørsmål om utveksling av informasjon på energiområdet, energiimportstrategi og Kommisjonens kompetanse på området.


Les resten av min kronikk på Energi og Klima Nettmagasinet:


Kronikk: Macron vs. Le Pen: Hva skjer med klima- og energipolitikken? (Energi og Klima Nettmagasinet)

Marine Le Pen står for proteksjonisme og nasjonalisme også innen klima- og energipolitikken, mens Emmanuel Macrons prosjekt innebærer grønn vekst i en europeisk ramme.


Les hele min kronikk om klima- og energiprogrammet til de to finalekandidatene i Energi og Klima Nettmagasinet:


The Danish Energy Commission delivers its recommendations on future energy policy

The Danish Energy Commission has just delivered its report on the future energy policy of the country ("Energikommissionens anbefalinger til fremtidens energipolitik", April 2017).

The report comes with a series of recommendations which should enable the country to reach the long-term goal of becoming a low-emissions society based on renewable energy by 2050, with an intermediary 50% goal in 2030. The Commission received the mandate of looking at the measures necessary to be implemented in the period 2020-2030. It argues notably in favour of the following main points below. The summary is followed by a rapid assessment.