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Issues in sustainability policy and governance

Friday, March 17, 2023
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Haddie Winters, Brian J. Isaac, and Ugonna Maduabuchi


This event is free and open to the public, in person or remotely via Zoom


Loyola Sustainability Research Centre & Loyola College for Diversity & Sustainability


Rebecca Tittler



This session will consist of various discussions on sustainability across disciplines 


A key challenge of the 21st century is to achieve universal energy access while also mitigating the impacts of climate change. Global energy poverty is mostly concentrated in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), where 600 million people do not have access to electricity. Renewable energy sources offer a low-carbon pathway for SSA countries to meet existing energy demands and expand energy access. However, major changes in domestic energy supply, such as recent discoveries of oil and natural gas (ONG), are likely to influence national energy sector strategies and subsequently international climate agreements. My research investigates how fossil fuel supply influences energy development strategies in SSA. I explore this question in the context of Senegal, an emerging ONG producer working to achieve universal energy access while navigating the politics of decarbonization. I use discourse analysis to provide a description and explanation of policy change in Senegal's national energy sector strategy from 2012 to 2019.

In this talk, Brian will briefly discuss the development of the Listuguj Salmon Fishing Law and the context surrounding the development of the law.

This talk will discuss the impacts of soot pollution on the inhabitants of Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria. Ugonna will expand on the stakeholders in the issue, oil refining and illegal bunkering regarding the production of soot, and the effects of soot on climate change globally and how it is an issue of environmental governance, policy and justice.

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