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Introduction to Climate Law ’s Special Issue on Renewable-Energy Law

Introduction to Climate Law ’s Special Issue on Renewable-Energy Law By the Co-Editors of the Special Issue Renewable energy plays an important role in the battle against global climate change. With the adoption of the Paris Agreement in December 2015, the necessity to radically cut greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels is clearly enshrined in international climate law. The targets in article 2 of the Paris Agreement, limiting the global average temperature increase to below 2°C, or even to 1.5°C, by the end of the century, cannot be achieved without a radical energy transformation. The Paris Agreement also recognizes (in article 4.1) the need for global emissions to peak ‘as soon as possible’ and to achieve a ‘balance between anthropogenic emissions by sources and removals by sinks of greenhouse gases in the second half of this century’. All this highlights the role of renewable energy within the policies to be promoted through climate law. Due to technological advances and government support schemes, renewable energy is already experiencing unprecedented growth. In some places, it has become, economically, the most viable option. In most places, however, renewable energy still requires support and incentives to compete with fossil fuels. Overall, a lot more needs to happen to mainstream renewable energy and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Climate Law Brill

Introduction to Climate Law ’s Special Issue on Renewable-Energy Law

Climate Law , Volume 6 (3-4): 227 – Oct 11, 2016

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Brill
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© 2016 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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Special Issue
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1878-6553
eISSN
1878-6561
DOI
10.1163/18786561-00603001
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By the Co-Editors of the Special Issue Renewable energy plays an important role in the battle against global climate change. With the adoption of the Paris Agreement in December 2015, the necessity to radically cut greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels is clearly enshrined in international climate law. The targets in article 2 of the Paris Agreement, limiting the global average temperature increase to below 2°C, or even to 1.5°C, by the end of the century, cannot be achieved without a radical energy transformation. The Paris Agreement also recognizes (in article 4.1) the need for global emissions to peak ‘as soon as possible’ and to achieve a ‘balance between anthropogenic emissions by sources and removals by sinks of greenhouse gases in the second half of this century’. All this highlights the role of renewable energy within the policies to be promoted through climate law. Due to technological advances and government support schemes, renewable energy is already experiencing unprecedented growth. In some places, it has become, economically, the most viable option. In most places, however, renewable energy still requires support and incentives to compete with fossil fuels. Overall, a lot more needs to happen to mainstream renewable energy and

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Published: Oct 11, 2016

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