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Julie Laussat has submitted her post-doctoral report on the circular economy

The concept of a circular economy from an energy law point of view

Julie Laussat, doctor in public law, submitted her final post-doctoral report at GRDF’s headquarters in Paris on January 5, 2017.

She completed a one-year post-doctoral degree on “The circular economy and natural gas networks: legal aspects”, under the supervision of Mr Philippe Terneyre, Professor in public law at the University of Pau and the Adour region (UPPA), which was co-funded by the Departmental Council of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques and GRDF.

The final report provides an original examination of the concept of a circular economy from a legal view point. The August 17, 2015 French energy transition act introduced this notion to French law for the first time, and the report aims to study its outlines and implications. Ms Laussat thus analyzed the regulatory framework of the circular economy in the natural gas sector, in particular the production of biogas from waste, a “green gas” that can be injected into the natural gas networks. She also sets out potential legal improvements that could help step up the energy transition in the sector of natural gas networks.

GRDF was very pleased with the collaboration between their departments and the young public law researcher from the UPPA.

Ms Laussat has since been made an associate researcher at the Pau Droit Public research center and is part of the “energy law” team.

Post-doctoral researcher Laura DAYDIE under the E2S project

Laura Daydie is an associate researcher at PDP and the recipient of a post-doctoral grant awarded under the “E2S” project (solutions for energy and the environment). She is currently working on a comparative report on the legal framework of marine- and river-powered turbines in France and Canada, under the supervision of Professor Philippe Terneyre (UPPA) and Professor Christophe Krolik (University of Laval, Quebec). For this purpose, she will be carrying out a post-doctoral internship lasting several months in Canada. This post-doctoral research will end with an international seminar on renewable energies in the aquatic environment, which she will co-organize with Louis de Fontenelle.

The aim of this post-doctoral research is to study France and Canada’s positioning in terms of electricity production through marine- and river-powered turbines.

Both countries have major tidal turbine growth potential and this segment also presents numerous qualities when compared with other methods of electricity production.

These advantages must not however overshadow the technical (grid connection, distance between the place of production and consumption sites), environmental (risks for aquatic fauna and flora) and legal (authorizations, impact assessments, public inquiries, etc.) hurdles facing tidal turbine projects due to their installation in the highly specific aquatic environment.

This comparative study should therefore ultimately help define a legal framework to support the efficient and reasoned growth of this segment.