The Role of Energy Laws in Tackling Climate Change

Ugwuanyi Malachy

Faculty of Law, University Of Nigeria Nsukka


pp. 125-133

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Abstract: The major causes of climate change remain the anthropogenic activities of man. The activities include inefficient energy use, like gas flaring and high leveled liberation of carbon through combustion and deforestation. To control this escalation, energy laws are needed, to streamline government policies, bring in element of compulsion and induce resort to better energy options. Energy laws are expected to deal with this problem of climate change by encouraging peoples access to clean energy, discouraging the flaring of associated gas, curbing oil pollution or spillage and fostering the development of renewable energy.

Keywords: Energy Law, Oil and Gas Law, Climate Change Law and Policy, Nigeria Law, American Law.

M. Ugwuanyi Malachy is Barrister, Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. Email :

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