Power and the People: Getting the Right Mix? Energy Law from an Environmental and Social Justice Perspective

Our 2008 Conference considered whether an appropriate balance was struck between democratic and political goals with respect of domestic Energy Law.

Conference Summary

After Welcome and Registration, our conference began with a general discussion about the theme of Access to Justice given by Professor Philippe Sands QC. Following this, Gordon Main, Spokesman for Safe Haven Community Group, discussed opposition of the development of liquefied natural gas installations in Milford Haven, South Wales. Finally, before the morning coffee break, Maria Adebowale, representative of Capacity Global, undertook a brief discussion.

Following a short break, Peter Roderick, Co-Director Climate Justice Programme, gave a talk entitled ‘Carbon, Courts and Corporations: the exceptional possibility of Justice’. This was followed by a talk by Maria Cull, Partner with K & L Gate, on the consideration of voluntary principles, such as the Equator Principles and World Bank Safeguard Policies, in the context of energy policies.

After lunch there were a number of workshops that ran simultaneously: M J Mace, Climate Change Programme Director of FIELD, and Dr Philippe Cullet, academic at the School of Oriental and African Studies, delivered a workshop entitled ‘International Equity and the Climate Change regime: an interactive workshop’; Richard Starkey, Core Researcher at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, and Alex Cooke, a lawyer at DEFRA, discussed the Climate Change Bill and Carbon Trading; and a further workshop chaired by Dr Andrew Boswell considered Biofuelwatch.

Between, 14.30pm and 15.45pm several further workshops took place: Amanda Seaton, Energy Partner at CMS Cameron McKenna, addressed how public interest is taken into account during the procurement of new energy generation capacity; and a discussion of the Gordon Main / Welsh case.

Following the afternoon coffee break, Naresh Giangrande and representatives of the Transition Town Totnes chaired a panel discussion entitled ‘A Transition Town Model for the New Energy Paradigm’. This was followed by a second panel with a range of domestic and international experts (some present via web link) discussed ‘Using the Energy of the Law to change the Energy of the World’.

To end the day there was opportunity for further discussion at a drinks reception for speakers and attendees.

Our Thanks

We wish to thank the speakers who gave up their time to make the 2008 Conference such a success.

Our Committee

Tereza Plancha Chair, Sustainability Officer
Ileana Papadopoulou Chair
Martha Halbert Company Secretary
Siu Mei Wong Treasurer, Website Coordinator
Katherine Tyler Programme Coordinator
Denise Daly Speaker Coordinator
Marcus Goffe Workshop Coordinator
Nina Wittich Stalls Coordinator
Sarah Walker Publicity Officer
Kati Höna Fundraiser Officer, Food Officer

There were a number of supporting Committee Members: Ambika Hiranandani; Ariana Densham; and Alex Webster

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