Is Your Biofuel Affixed with an Approved Seal?: A Comparative Analysis of the European Union Biofuels Certification Regime and the Clean Development Mechanism

48 Pages Posted: 1 Jul 2011

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Jolene Lin

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Faculty of Law

Date Written: June 29, 2011

Abstract

As a key actor behind the emerging global biofuels market, the European Union has introduced environmental regulations governing biofuels. This article analyses the biofuels ‘meta-standard’ certification scheme which creates a transnational governance regime involving a regional bloc, States, non-governmental organisations and businesses in a hybrid regulatory model combining elements of private certification and public authority. A comparison between the role of Designated Operational Entities in the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and the certification schemes in the EU sustainability regulatory regime demonstrates that the problems that threaten the environmental integrity of the CDM are less likely to emerge in the EU biofuels context.

Keywords: Biofuels, European Union, Non-State Actors, Law, Regulation, Kyoto Protocol, Clean Development Mechanism

Suggested Citation

Lin, Jolene, Is Your Biofuel Affixed with an Approved Seal?: A Comparative Analysis of the European Union Biofuels Certification Regime and the Clean Development Mechanism (June 29, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1874998 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1874998

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