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Offshore Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage

An International Environmental Law Perspective

Friederike Marie Lehmann

The technology of offshore carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS) is likely to be deployed on a commercial scale soon. CCS technology could be used to limit global temperature rise to less than 2°C above the pre-industrial level. However, such projects entail many environmental risks, and their effectiveness for the mitigation of climate change is disputed. This book tries to clarify open legal questions regarding European offshore CCS projects in the context of international and regional maritime and climate protection law as well as relevant European legislation. Taking the remaining scientific uncertainty into account, this book concludes that the permission and encouragement of offshore CCS projects is highly problematic from an international environmental law perspective.


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This book is a recently revised version of my doctoral dissertation submitted to the Faculty of Law, Georg-August University in Göttingen, Germany, in 2011. It includes literature and developments until September 2012. First of all, I would like to express my gratitude to my academic supervisor and the first examiner of the thesis, Professor Dr. Peter-Tobias Stoll, for his support and encouragement especially at the beginning of this project. I would also like to thank Prof. Dr. Michael Silagi for his second review of the dissertation. The help of many charming people made it possible for this book to be written. Above all, I would like to thank my dear old friend Dr. Clara Brandi who undertook the thankless task and prove-read the manuscript. Without her support it would not have been possible to finalise this project. In addition, I am deeply grateful for the exceptional mental support given by my sister, Anne- Holle Jaspersen, Dr. Clara Brandi, Anna v. Gall, Hanna Domeyer and Katrin Schoppmeier. They spent hours with me discussing legal issues, cheering me up when I felt frustrated and they never stopped encouraging me to finish this dissertation. Furthermore, I would like to thank Dr. Saskia Eckhardt and Dr. Theresa Elsner for all the inspiring discussions during lunch break and extended walks. I also would like to thank Mark Eidam. Above all, I must acknowledge the great love and encouragement given to me by my family not just during my research but throughout my life. My...

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