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Delineating State Grid’s Role in the EU Low-carbon Transition: Rules, Standards, and Notions of Energy Justice

  • Susann Handke
Thursday 20 December 2018
Diplomacy and Global Affairs Research Seminar Series 2018
Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague


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About the lecture

State Grid acquired assets and (stakes in) electricity companies in several EU member states during the last few years. Since State Grid is one of the largest companies in the world and at the same time a Chinese state-owned enterprise, its intentions and activities are met with both awe and alarm. The company’s strategy in the EU seems to be shifting. This lecture examines State Grid’s overseas activities and, specifically, its involvement in the EU electricity sector. It correlates the findings with the trends and progress of the EU low-carbon transition. The lecture argues that State Grid’s involvement in this evolving regulatory landscape and electricity infrastructure constitutes a “black swan” event that to some degree reshapes the discourse on EU electricity market integration.

The chapter can be accessed here

About the speaker

Susann Handke holds master’s degrees in International and EU law and Sinology. Previously, she conducted research on China’s energy policy at the Clingendael International Energy Programme, The Hague. Currently, she is an external PhD candidate at the Department of International and European Union Law, Erasmus School of Law, Rotterdam. She is engaged in interdisciplinary energy research, including regulatory, legal, geopolitical, and social aspects.

About the seminars

The Diplomacy and Global Affairs (DGA) Research Seminar is a series launched by the Research Group on Diplomacy and Global Affairs at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs. The seminars of internationally acknowledged guest researchers and faculty members deal with current research topics in diplomacy, international relations, global affairs, and political economy broadly conceived and target a broad audience through their interdisciplinary focus.


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