The Environmental & Energy Law Program influences policy discussions about environmental, climate, and energy issues.

We identify environmental laws that underperform or need to adapt. We apply rigorous legal analysis to identify shortcomings and opportunities for change. Then, in partnership with experts from other sectors, we propose new and improved ways to achieve greater environmental protection.

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Regulatory Rollback Tracker

  • 03/12/2019Defining Waters of the United States / Clean Water Rule
  • 03/11/2019Once In Always In Guidance for Major Sources under the Clean Air Act
  • 03/11/2019Bristol Bay Pebble Mine
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Meet the EELP team

The Harvard Law School Environmental & Energy Law Program is home to a powerhouse roster of academics, lawyers, experts and staff who specialize in environmental and energy policy.

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Electricity Law Initiative

This initiative supports the development of state and federal policies that reflect modern realities and enable a cleaner grid. The Electricity Law Initiative looks for the cracks in the electricity sector’s legal foundation that have been exposed by changes in the industry’s structure and available technologies.

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Can the EPA Maintain Its Mission?

Since Donald Trump became president, the EPA has worked assiduously to remove, weaken, or delay a host of pollution-cutting rules. As a result, the agency is on a “reverse mission.” The Environmental & Energy Law Program has begun to list and describe what amount to markers on the path to dismantling the EPA’s capacities.

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Private Sector Project: Governance & Innovation

EELP conducts legal analysis of private sector initiatives to respond to climate change and other environmental challenges and propose solutions. We use research, scholarship, and engagement to analyze the legal environment in which firms approach these challenges. We work on the legal and practical challenges of corporate governance related to climate risk and develop scholarship to help integrate emerging technologies with existing legal frameworks so that innovative solutions can be put to use.

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State and Local Climate Strategies

States, counties, and cities are operating as climate policy laboratories given the lack of federal action to reduce GHG emissions and active efforts to undo existing climate policies. EELP is working to provide state and local policymakers with legal analysis of high-impact opportunities to reduce GHG emissions.

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