The IUCN Academy of Environmental Law series
Edited by Jordi Jaria i Manzano, Nathalie Chalifour and Louis J. Kotzé
Chapter 9: Judicial perspectives on renewable energy and climate change governance
Energy policy has a wide range of social implications, ranging from local to global. In the recent developments in this domain, where advancements in renewables are flanked by the pervasive effects of the use of fossil fuel, controversial issues are common. New Zealand is affected by different aspects of this blurred panorama of energy governance in a transition period, such as the consequences of use of renewable energies, the implications of climate change or environmental justice issues. This has created a rich case law, with New Zealand courts confronted with different cases regarding the new topics in energy law, particularly related to climate change litigation and impact of renewable energies. This chapter provides a detailed account of this case law.
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