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Record number 407431
Title Environmental authorities and biofuel controversies
Author(s) Mol, A.P.J.
Source Environmental Politics 19 (2010)1. - ISSN 0964-4016 - p. 61 - 79.
Department(s) Environmental Policy
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2010
Keyword(s) sustainability - bioenergy
Abstract The current generation of crop-based biofuels is heavily contested for its negative consequences for the environment and the poor. Hence, the current biofuel system needs to be transformed in the direction of what can be labelled 'fair fuels': (bio) fuels that are environmentally and socially sustainable. Conventional state environmental authorities have limited power and legitimacy to effectively regulate the sustainability of current global biofuels. Hence, we witness the emergence of private market environmental authorities, moral environmental authorities and all kinds of hybrid authorities in biofuel regulation. These new forms of environmental authority should neither be condemned as ineffective and undemocratic nor celebrated as the modern answer to transnational environmental problems that face state failure. Further critical inquiry into the changing environmental authority structure under conditions of globalisation is needed.
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