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An Assessment of Carbon Capture and Storage Under EC Competition Law

European Competition Law Review, Forthcoming

17 Pages Posted: 8 May 2008 Last revised: 1 Jun 2013

Hans H. B. Vedder

University of Groningen

Date Written: May 2, 2008

Abstract

This paper examines the impact of carbon capture and storage (CCS) on competition and EC competition law. Firstly, the state aid framework is analysed as CCS-projects will need subsidisation. Secondly,the impact of CCS on industry structure in the energy sector is analysed. It is concluded that CCS will probably lead to vertical integration and possible foreclosure. These problems can be overcome by an effective third party acces regime, but this is lacking in the legal framework for CCS. The rules on state aid are also considered to provide insufficient guidance.

Keywords: Competition, Environmental Policy, CCS, Energy, Climate Change

JEL Classification: K21, K23, K32, L13, L42, L43, L71, L95

Suggested Citation

Vedder, Hans H. B., An Assessment of Carbon Capture and Storage Under EC Competition Law (May 2, 2008). European Competition Law Review, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1128054 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1128054

Hans H. B. Vedder (Contact Author)

University of Groningen ( email )

P.O. Box 800
9700 AH Groningen
Netherlands

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