Tuesday, September 11, 2012
A couple years ago, through my research on the EU Emissions Trading Scheme and the California greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program, I became interested in the way that EU and California verify the emissions data they receive from emitters. Both programs require emitters to contract with private governmentally-approved third parties to review their emissions report and submit a determination to the government as to whether it is accurate and otherwise in conformity with the law. Given everything I already knew about incomplete compliance data and weakness of enforcement under many environmental regulatory statutes, I found this innovation very interesting, and I published an article about it: Regulation by Third-Party Verification, 53 B.C. L. Rev. 1 (2012).
It seems like the US EPA is also interested. It recently sent around a Call for Papers on Next Generation Compliance (see below). Paper proposals are due by September 24, 2012 for a “Workshop for Researchers and Practitioners” on December 11-12, 2012 in Washington D.C. Other workshop sponsors include Environmental Law Institute, George Washington Law, Berkeley Law, and Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy.
- Lesley McAllister
We invite you to consider participating in a workshop on “Next Generation Environmental Compliance.” The workshop will explore ways regulations can be designed and implemented to achieve high compliance without relying on extensive government site inspection and enforcement actions. Academics and practitioners will discuss the latest research, theory, evaluation, policy, and best practices for creating effective regulations that result in high compliance.
We are inviting experts to submit abstracts of papers or outlines of workshop presentations for consideration that they would present at the workshop by no later than September 24, 2012. Submissions may be based on recently completed research or papers, or new ideas for research that could advance Next Generation Environmental Compliance.
Participants selected to present at the workshop may receive a speaker fee. We also expect to publish the papers and insights from the workshop. Complete details are provided in the attached “call for papers.”
We hope that you will consider sending an abstract or other material to be considered for this important workshop.
Thank you. We look forward to hearing from you.
The co-sponsors of the Next Generation Environmental Compliance Workshop:
• The George Washington University, School of Law
• University of California, Berkeley Law, Center for Law, Energy & the Environment
• University of California, Berkeley, Goldman School of Public Policy, Center for Environmental Public Policy
• The Environmental Law Institute
• US Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance
US Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance