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Title: Governing Energy Transitions: Unconventional Gas, Renewables and their Environmental Nexus
Contributor(s): Holley, Cameron (author)orcid ; Kennedy, Amanda  (author)orcid ; Mutongwizo, Tariro  (author)orcid ; Shearing, Clifford (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2019-08-01
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Achieving a radical and swift transition to low carbon renewable energy is a pressing global challenge. Yet, energy transitions continue to confront numerous obstacles. Dominant private and public players persistently slow or block change. Controversial hydrocarbon bridging fuels, like unconventional gas, also continue to expand in the name of energy reliability and affordability. And even where renewable developments shift from being niche to mainstream power sources, concerns are increasingly raised about their impacts on the environment, biodiversity, food and water. At the heart of all these issues are law and governance, which have been intense sites of contestation over the nature and outcomes of regulating energy transitions. This Special Issue brings together leading environmental law scholars to take a hard look at key energy experiences in Australia and globally, and to map out how to use law and governance to achieve swift and more environmentally sustainable energy transitions. This article sets the scene for the Special Issue by outlining some core challenges for energy transitions, before laying out two key questions explored in the subsequent nine articles, namely: what has been the role of law in governing energy transitions; and what law and governance mechanisms might be needed to better govern energy transitions and their nexus with the environment? The article concludes by summarising and synthesising responses to these questions.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Grant Details: ARC/DP170100281
Source of Publication: Environmental and Planning Law Journal, 36(5), p. 427-436
Publisher: Lawbook Co
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 0813-300X
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 410404 Environmental management
440609 Rural and regional geography
480204 Mining, energy and natural resources law
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 170299 Energy exploration not elsewhere classified
170699 Mining and extraction of energy resources not elsewhere classified
230299 Government and politics not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C5 Other Refereed Contribution to a Scholarly Journal
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