Research Handbook on EU Energy Law and Policy
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Research Handbook on EU Energy Law and Policy

Edited by Rafael Leal-Arcas and Jan Wouters

This authoritative Research Handbook presents, for the first time, a comprehensive overview of the most important research and latest trends in EU energy law and policy. It offers high-quality original contributions that provide state-of-the-art research in this rapidly evolving area, situated in the broader context of international economic law and governance.
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Chapter 12: Russian energy projects and the global climate, geopolitics and development conundrum

Slawomir Raszewski


The purpose of this chapter is to look at the key existing and planned gas transit projects to export natural gas from Russia and at sketching a critical analysis of existing conceptual debates concerning energy and Europe. Having in mind the changing global energy and climate policy landscape, the chapter first discusses the energy–environment nexus to contextualise natural gas within emerging global climate narrative post COP21. By doing so, the chapter seeks to present the ‘bigger picture’ and likely repercussions should the emerging global climate policy become widely applied. Drawing on these macroeconomic issues, the chapter then moves on to discussing natural gas from the geopolitical angle before analysing existing and planned natural gas projects. Having outlined the projects, the chapter then draws on the conceptual debates outlining the challenges and opportunities that the natural gas projects produce within the broad remits of climate, geopolitics and development.

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