Energy Justice
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Energy Justice

US and International Perspectives

Edited by Raya Salter, Carmen G. Gonzalez and Elizabeth A. Kronk Warner

Energy Justice: US and International Perspectives is a pioneering analysis of energy law and policy through the framework of energy justice. While climate change has triggered unprecedented investment in renewable energy, the concept of energy justice and its practical application to energy law and policy remain under-theorized. This volume breaks new ground by examining a range of energy justice regulatory challenges from the perspective of international law, US law, and foreign domestic law. The book illuminates the theory of energy justice while emphasizing practical solutions that hasten the transition from fossil fuels and address the inequities that plague energy systems.
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Chapter 4: Energy (and human rights) for all: addressing human rights risks in energy access projects

Damilola S. Olawuyi

Abstract

4. Damilola S. Olawuyi, Energy (and human rights) for all: addressing human rights risks in energy access projects. Lack of access to energy exacerbates other social challenges, including poverty, food insecurity, inadequate access to clean water, poor health, and stunted economic growth. However, many projects designed to promote access to both renewable and non-renewable energy, such as biofuel projects in Indonesia, nuclear power plant projects in Nigeria, hydroelectric projects in China, Panama, and Honduras, and the West African Gas Pipeline project in Nigeria and Ghana, have been plagued by human rights violations. The chapter examines law and governance innovations required to address human rights risks in energy access projects, including practical tools to incorporate human rights safeguards into national energy law and policy.

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