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L&C Talk: Carlos Soria-Rodriguez: The European environmental regulation of marine renewable energy

vrijdag, 19 oktober, 2018 - 15:00
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
Faculteit: Recht en Criminologie
Afdeling Internationaal en Europees Recht
L&C Talk


The marine renewable energy (MRE) industry is growing exponentially in the European Union (EU) mainly due to its policy promotion and the potential contribution to mitigating climate change and providing competitive, affordable, and secure energy. However, there are negative effects on the environment associated with the development of MREs. The installation, maintenance, operation, and decommissioning of MREs in addition to the energy transmission to the grid and the development of the related industry could compromise the protection of the marine ecosystems. In this context, the EU requires environmental protection and sustainable growth for the development of MREs. This presentation will provide an overview of the main EU secondary law instruments regulating the protection of the environment against the impacts of MREs as well as explore their ability to provide protection and some suggestions to reinforce it. 

Biographical note

Carlos Soria-Rodríguez is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for European Studies and the Department of international and EU Law of the VUB. His research interests include public international law and EU law, with special focus on (marine) environmental law, law of the sea, marine renewable energies, biodiversity conservation and ocean governance. During his PhD studies, he focused on the environmental regulation of marine renewable energies in the EU. More recently, he began to work on topics related to renewable and environmental governance in marine areas beyond national jurisdiction. Carlos holds a PhD in Law from the VUB, an LLM in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School and a Degree in Law and a Master in Integral Industrial Security and Occupational Hazard Prevention both from University of Sevilla.

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