The Challenges of Regulatory Integration in Renewable Energy Frameworks: A Case Study of the Brazilian Regulatory Framework
12 Pages Posted: 5 Mar 2020 Last revised: 17 Mar 2020
Date Written: July 30, 2019
Over the last decades many efforts have been placed on climate change mitigation, including a profound transformation of the energy sector. Renewable energy is considered to have much to contribute in assisting to decarbonize the energy sector. With major shifts occurring in the energy sector, growing attention has been placed on the spill-over effects of the increased production and use of renewables on related sectors, in particular, the water and food sectors. While renewable energy can be a path to aid in the decarbonization of energy systems, an unregulated increase in their use can impact key sectors, such as water and food. The push to renewables and the interactions exposed by the Water-Energy-Food nexus reveals the importance of an integrated regulatory framework. The nexus introduced a major shift of perspective, providing for visibility to interactions between key sectors and addressing the externalities that ties them together. The nexus is embedded with complex governance challenges such as integrated governance and policy coherence, however, its literature in those aspects is either limited and lacking in legal analysis, creating gaps in processes where the nexus seeks to influence.
Keywords: Brazil; integrative governance; regulative framework; renewable energy; WEF nexus
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