Energy Transition: Implementing the European Roadmap 2050
Mentor: Susana Galera Rodrigo
Phone: (+34) 649184212
University: Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
Partner Host Institution: IMDEA Energy - System Analysis Unit - Researcher Javier Dufour (
Keywords: Energy Transition, Governance, Climate Change, Energy Urban Planning, Energy data, City Diplomacy.

Energy Transition: Implementing the European Roadmap 2050

This Group is focused on the legal aspects of the Energy Transition. The achievement of such challenging goal imposes an important reassessment of the legal and institutional framework. It is needed to update classic categories and to add new legal tools and regulations on matters which still are at a research and demonstration stage.

Particularly, our group is focussed on:
1. Public decisions procedures and governance, where hierarchy weakens while cooperation and authorities networks reinforce: at this regard, it is worth to mention the unconventional role the local entities are playing in climate and energy policies, jumping into the international arena through the so-called city-diplomacy;
2. Classic pieces of legislation –as urban and territorial, water, shore, mining…- should be reconsidered in order to fit the new ways of energy generation and consumption: from now on, as it happened before with environmental issues, energy has to have taking into account when public policies are drafted;
3. Regulation of new renewable energy sources aiming their optimization and the challenging integration in the energy network. According to the Energy Transition model, it will be a macro-network consisting of thousands of micro-networks which will be smartly managed by ITC tools: such model will influence the urban planning.
4. The development of digital infrastructure required by the Energy Transition and the legal issues which will be arise, particularly Access to energy data and privacy requirements.
On the other hand, we are very attentive to the European strategies: it is well known that there are submitted to monitoring, updates and correction if necessary according to the intermediate achievements and other external factors. Regarding these last, the Paris Agreement diverges from the Kyoto Protocol on the way the climate goals have to be implemented in each member state: so we are well aware regarding potential new European climate strategies and corresponding new legal tools and regulations.

Departament: Public Law I and Political Sciences
Research Group: GLOCAL-RES
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Relevants projects on the area:
Relevants publications on the area: 1.- “Changing the Energy Model: Step Back on the Europe 2050 Strategy?”, European Energy and Environmental Law Review, Vol. 25 (2016), Kluver Law Online
2.- “Global and Local: Climate Change Policies as a Paradigm of Multilevel Governance", in In: Álvarez Fernández R., Zubelzu S., Martínez R. (eds) Carbon Footprint and the Industrial Life Cycle. Green Energy and Technology. Springer, Cham 2017