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Exploring the governance of climate change technologies

GuestBlogger24 November 2011

Alexandra Malone, Research Assistant at UCL Laws, reports.

Reducing the carbon footprint of our energy supply and finding ways we can use less energy are crucial to moving to a low-carbon economy. Technologies such as wind, and carbon capture and storage (CCS) can help on the supply side, while energy efficiency technologies can help us reduce our demand. But is technological innovation alone enough to successfully transition to a low-carbon world?

This was the question debated on 23 November at a seminar entitled, ‘Going Low-Carbon: The governance of climate change technologies’, put on by UCL Public Policy and the UCL Centre for Law and the Environment. Having recently blogged about another UCL event on public engagement and CCS, I was interested in exploring the governance debate for a broader range of technologies.