Toward a Clean Energy Future: Powering Innovation Through Law
A UCLA Law Review symposium, sponsored by the Emmett Center and UCLA Environmental Law Center
Friday, November 01, 2013
8:45 AM - 5:00 PM
UCLA School of Law
Free and open to the public.
Lunch will be provided.
Over the next forty years, the global energy system must undergo a radical transformation to stabilize our climate. Law and policy will play a key role in that transformation, both in terms of promoting innovation and preventing its unintended consequences. Our legal institutions will need to spur massive technological innovation. At the same time, we need to develop policies that will be durable across multiple decades yet flexible enough to respond to new information about the science of climate change, the economic effects of government policy and the impact of technological change on our energy systems.
This symposium will address how to spur technological innovation and change in the global energy economy. The symposium will examine the impact of law and policy in a variety of modalities, including: (1) directly promoting innovation; (2) creating demand through regulation, including questions of relative effectiveness of different policy instruments, and attaining the appropriate rate of innovation through regulation; and (3) balancing innovation with protection of human health and the environment.
Cocktail reception to follow.