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Miriam Aczel Explores Net-Zero Emissions Strategies in the UK

July 7, 2022
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Dr. Miriam Aczel, a CIEE postdoctoral scholar working on the Oakland EcoBlock project, recently co-published a paper titled “Anticipatory Regulation: Lessons from fracking and insights for Greenhouse Gas Removal innovation and governance” in the Energy Research & Social Science journal. The research examines the possible role of Greenhouse Gas Removal (GGR) options in the UK government’s strategy toward meeting its target of net-zero emissions by 2050, analyzing GGR’s innovations, risks, regulating legislation, and potential social impacts.

Some key points from the paper include:

  • Deploying GGR technologies may have significant social, cultural, and environmental impacts on local communities and regions
  • Governance frameworks need to engage diverse public perspectives in the planning and development of GGR
  • The UK’s experience with fracking provides valuable lessons for developing GGR regulation
  • Anticipatory regulation and bottom-up community engagement can positively advance the implementation of GGR technologies

Read the full paper


Dr. Aczel also recently contributed a chapter in “The Palgrave Handbook of Natural Gas and Global Energy Transitions” exploring the potential role and benefits of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in meeting rising global energy demand as national and international policies aim to lower carbon emissions.

Read the chapter

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