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10 J. Eur. Envtl. & Plan. L. 1 (2013)

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First European Environmental Law Forum Conference
Environmental Law and Energy and Climate Law as
Instruments to Achieve Sustainable Energy
Groningen 4 and 5 September 2013
Call for Presentations
Building upon the experience gained in Leipzig (Germany) in 2011, the
Groningen Centre of Energy Law, in cooperation with the Hasselt University
and the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, organises a conference to
bring together the disciplines of environmental law and energy law in order to
explore and develop a workable legal concept of sustainable energy within the
European Union. This conference represents the second step in the road for
the establishment and functioning of the European Environmental Law
Forum, which aims at supporting the intellectual exchange, the development
and the implementation of Environmental Law in Europe.
We are all aware of the risks of conventional energy production for the
environment and human health. This notwithstanding, as Bryn Cartledge
wisely wrote in 1993, few governments can give absolute priority to minimiz-
ing the adverse environmental impact of energy generation (Energy and the
Environment, p. i). Focusing on the European Union, the Union itself and
each of its Member States has to balance economic welfare, social welfare and
environmental welfare, i.e. they have to find 'sustainability'. Whereas sustain-
ability features prominently in the environmental and energy provisions across
the European Union, it is still a vague concept. For one, the definition of
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