Orchestrating sustainability: The case of european union biofuel governance

  • Schleifer P
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Abstract

This article provides an empirical analysis of orchestration – that is, the initiation, support, and embracement of private governance arrangements through public regulators – in the field of European Union biofuel governance. It examines the emerging sustainability regime and shows that orchestration has been extensively practiced. Regulators in the European Union have used a range of directive and facilitative measures to initiate and support private biofuel certification schemes and to incorporate them in their regulatory frameworks. This has given rise to a hybrid regime in which public and private approaches are closely intertwined. Discussing the benefits and complications of engaging with private biofuel sustainability governance, the article’s findings point to a partial failure of orchestration in this policy area.

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  • Biofuels
  • European Union
  • Orchestration
  • Private governance
  • Transnational regulation

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  • Philip Schleifer

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