New publication: "Coexistence and interaction between offshore petroleum activities and the surrounding physical environment"

My latest article has been released as book chapter in SIMPLY 2014 - Scandinanvian Institute of Maritime Law. Below follow the full references:

Catherine Banet, "Coexistence and interaction between offshore petroleum activities and the surrounding physical environment: area use and emissions regulation"

in SIMPLY 2014, ISSN 0332-7868, pp.257-286


"The purpose of this article is to examine the manner in which offshore petroleum activities are regulated, with respect to their interaction with the surrounding environment, at two stages before petroleum products are transported and transformed to reach the market. First, it examines how the different economic, social and environmental interests related to the use of relevant sea areas are weighted against each other at the stage of opening areas for petroleum exploration. Second, it reviews the regulation of emissions from offshore petroleum activities into the environment during the production phase."

More on SIMPLY Yearbook and how to order the book here.


New call for proposals for Projects of Common Interests in the field of trans-European energy infrastructure is out

The European Commission published on 30 June 2015 a new call for proposals under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for trans-European energy infrastructure projects on the list of Projects of Common Interest. The total allocated envelope is EUR550 million


Dutch Court rules that the Dutch state must take further action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (Urgenda vs. the State of The Netherlands)

Here is a link to today's decision from The Hague District Court in case Urgenda Foundation vs. the State of The Netherlands. The Court ruled that the Dutch state "must" take more action to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions in The Netherlands.

The operative part of the decision states that:

The court:
5.1. orders the State to limit the joint volume of Dutch annual greenhouse gas emissions, or have them limited, so that this volume will have reduced by at least 25% at the end of 2020 compared to the level of the year 1990, as claimed by Urgenda, in so far as acting on its own behalf;


Nytt innlegg: "Et offensivt og sammenhengende grønt diplomati for Norge" (for Norsk Klimastiftelse)

Spørsmålet var: Hvordan bør Norge bidra til det globale grønne skiftet?

Mitt svar:
"Norge bør utvikle en offensiv diplomatisk strategi for det grønne skiftet – i samsvar med en klar og sammenhengende utenrikspolitikk innen miljø, petroleum og energi.
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Les hele mitt svar i form av en artikkel i rapporten «Slik kan Norge gjøre en forskjell», gitt ut av Norsk Klimastiftelse i juni 2015.

Les resten av innlegget HER.


New chronicle: "For an ambitious and coherent green diplomacy in Norway"

The question was: How shall Norway contribute to global energy transition?
My answer:
"Norway should develop an ambitious diplomatic strategy for the energy transition - in accordance with a clear and coherent foreign policy within environmental protection, petroleum and energy.

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Read my full answer in the form of an article in the report "How can Norway make a difference", which was released by the Norwegian Climate Foundation in June 2015.

Read the rest of my post HERE. (in Norwegian)

If you are interested in a translation, please send me an e-mail.


Conclusions from the 43rd meeting of the EEA Council, 18 May 2015, Energy and Climate issues

Norway and its EEA partners are working on the implementation of the 3rd Energy Package, which includes some complex competence issues with regard to the Agency for Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER).
The conclusions from the 43rd EEA Council on Monday 18 May give a hint on the state of play of the negotiations. The relevant paragraphs are copied below.


European Commission to announce phase 2 of Energy Union Strategy on 19 May: Governance in focus

In a tweet posted late Friday evening 15 May, the Vice President of the Commission in charge of Energy Union, Maros Sefcovic (picture), announced that he will reveal on Monday 19 May "the next phase" of the Energy Union Strategy, during a press conference scheduled at 12 a.m.

Based on a preliminary presentation of his head of Cabinet this week, this next phase will concentrate on the Governance element of the Energy Union Strategy. The European Commission should launch the process of governance as well as the associated "EU tools" as called so far.


Lovavdelingens vurdering av ACER-forordningen og Grunnloven

En sladdet versjon av Lovavdelingens vurdering fra 2011 av innlemmelse av ACER-forordningen i EØS-avtalen og forholdet til Grunnloven er blitt offentligjort og er tilgjengelig her.