Caribbean conference challenges energy conceptions

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World-leading experts in global energy law and sustainability will head to Trinidad and Tobago later this month to discuss how different economies and industries can make a ‘just transition’ to a low-carbon energy future.

The 3rd Biennial University of the West Indies Faculty of Law Oil and Gas Law Conference and the Just Transition Initiative Conference will take place between the 27th – 29th March at the Hilton Trinidad and Conference Centre in the Port of Spain.

The event, organised by academics from across the globe, will offer participants the opportunity to discuss the challenges and implications of a ‘just transition’ in regions such as the Caribbean and South America.

With experts from the UK, the United States of America and Australia expected to attend, lead organiser Raphael Heffron, from the University of Dundee’s Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law, said he was looking forward to the where the discussion could head next.

Raphael, Professor in Global Energy Law & Sustainability, said, “Beginning with legal and stability issues in oil and gas to taxation and environmental justice, this year’s conference promises to be full of fascinating topics.

“However, debating the ‘just transition’ and its significance for the Caribbean, in particular, will definitely be one of the highlights of the conference.

“There will be major networking opportunities with policy-makers, industry practitioners such as BP and Shell, as well as research experts including Mr Kevin Romaine, Trinidad and Tobago’s Former Minister of Energy amongst others”



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