The VII Tarragona International Environmental Law Colloquium (TIEC) jointly organized by the Tarragona Centre for Environmental Law Studies (CEDAT-URV) and the Tarragona Environmental Law Students Association (AAEDAT) was held on 26 and 27 June 2022.
This hybrid event was organized as an activity carried out by the Faculty of Legal Sciences (Department of Public Law) of theUniversitat Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona, Spain) within the framework of the project “Cambio Climático y residuos Plásticos: Desafíos Jurídicos de la Economía Circular Como Paradigma para la Tutela de la Salud y la Justicia Planetarias” (PID2020-115551RA-I00 IP: Aitana De la Varga Pastor).
The theme of the VII TIEC was Legal challenges at the end of the fossil fuel era: Shaping energy futures through legal intervention. The fossil fuel era is coming to an end. As economic activity recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, the mismatches in the global supply chain of increasingly expensive-to-extract fossil resources and the increasing demand for gas seen as the bridging energy for the energy transition are leading to a global energy crisis. It highlights the growing environmental and social injustices emanating from current energy policies. This scenario raises urgent questions: how should we deal with the energy transition and its adequacy to tackle challenges that respond to seemingly conflicting but surely overlapping interests: mitigating climate change, reducing energy poverty and social exclusion, and strengthening energy security. In this process, law plays a vital role as it did for the long reign of carbon capitalism underpinned by fossil – national and international – law.
Dr. Anahí Urquiza (Universidad de Chile), Dr. Endrius Cocciolo (Universitat Rovira i Virgili) and Dr. Lea Diestelmeier (University of Groningen) addressed the overall theme of the colloquium in their inspiring presentations as keynote speakers in the seventh edition of the TIEC.