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The Legal Issues Behind Stagnating CCS Deployment in the European Union - Is It the Member States’ Turn?

NUS Law Working Paper No. 2017/015

NUS - Centre for Maritime Law Working Paper 17/08

23 Pages Posted: 14 Sep 2017  

Viktor Weber

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Centre for Maritime Law

Date Written: September 11, 2017

Abstract

Even though the European Union decided to promote carbon (dioxide) capture and storage (CCS) as part of its greenhouse gas emission mitigation portfolio and it enacted a directive eight years ago in order to speed up the safe deployment of this technology, there is no functioning project yet in the EU. While this is a well understood technology with an important emission reduction potential, it requires a legal regime which affords sufficient certainty to operators about their potential liabilities. However, the European legal framework is perceived as achieving the opposite effect. The present paper considers that a way to overcome the industry’s difficulties is more Member State action in the form of pragmatic interpretation and tailor-made agreements.

Keywords: CCS, EU, liability, interpretation

Suggested Citation

Weber, Viktor, The Legal Issues Behind Stagnating CCS Deployment in the European Union - Is It the Member States’ Turn? (September 11, 2017). NUS - Centre for Maritime Law Working Paper 17/08. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3035199

Viktor Weber (Contact Author)

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Centre for Maritime Law ( email )

Bukit Timah Road 469 G
Singapore

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