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Romany M. Webb

Romany Webb is an Associate Research Scholar at Columbia Law School and a Senior Fellow at the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law. Romany's research focuses on two main areas: (1) energy and (2) negative emissions technologies. Romany's energy-related research examines how legal and policy tools can be used to minimize the climate impact of energy development, as well as the impact of climate change on energy infrastructure. Romany also researches legal issues related to the development and use of negative emission technologies on land and in the oceans. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine committee on the removal and sequestration of carbon dioxide in the ocean. She is also vice chair of the Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Ecosystems Committee of the Environment, Energy and Resources Division of the American Bar Association.

Prior to joining the Sabin Center, Romany worked at the University of California's Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute, doing research on law enforcement agencies working to combat climate change. Romany also received a fellowship from the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law and Business at the University of Texas at Austin, where she did research on energy policy. The scholarship was followed by several years of freelance practice in Sydney, Australia.

Romany received an LL.M. in 2013 with a specialization in environmental law from the University of California, Berkeley. She also holds an LL.B. with First Class Honors from the University of New South Wales, Australia.

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selected publications

  • The Legal Framework for Offshore Carbon Capture and Storage in Canada (mit Michael B. Gerrard) (Sabin Center White Paper, Februar 2021)
  • Removing Carbon Dioxide by Increasing Ocean Alkalinity and Algae Cultivation: Legal Challenges and Opportunities (with Korey Silverman-Roati and Michael B. Gerrard) (Sabin Center White Paper, February 2021)
  • Climate Risk in the Electricity Sector: Legal Obligations to Promote Climate Resilience Planning by Electricity Providers (with Michael Panfil and Sarah Ladin) (Sabin Center White Paper, December 2020)
  • The Law of Improved Weathering to Remove Carbon Dioxide (Sabin Center Whitepaper, September 2020)
  • When Politics Trump Science: The Erosion of Science-Based Regulation (mit Lauren Kurtz und Susan Rosenthal) (Umweltrechtsreporter, September 2020)
  • Climate change, FERC and natural gas pipelines: The legal basis for considering greenhouse gas emissions according to Section 7 of the Natural Gas Act (Sabin Center White Paper, June 2019)
  • Methane, in Legal Paths to Deep Decarbonization in the US (Michael Gerrard and John Dernbach eds., 2019)
  • Production and supply of low carbon gaseous fuels, in Legal Paths to Deep Decarbonization in the US (Michael Gerrard and John Dernbach eds., 2019)
  • Deploying Advanced Metering Infrastructure in the Natural Gas System (Sabin Center Whitepaper, July 2018)
  • Geological storage of CO2 in basalt under the sea floor (mit David Goldberg et al.) (Energy Procedia, Juli 2018)
  • Effects of climate change on the mass flow system (with Justin Gundlach) (Sabin Center White Paper, Feb. 2018)
  • Distributed Energy Resource Participation in Wholesale Markets (mit Justin Gundlach) (Energy Law Journal, Mai 2018)
  • Carbon Pricing in New York ISO Markets (mit Justin Gundlach) (Pace Environmental Law Review, Jan. 2018)
  • Policy Readiness for Offshore Carbon Dioxide Storage in the Northeast (mit Michael Gerrard) (Sabin Center White Paper, Juni 2017)
  • Increasing the gasoline octane number to reduce vehicle emissions (Sabin Center Whitepaper, Jan. 2017)
  • Changing tides in water management: Policy options to encourage greater recycling of fracking wastewater (William & Mary Environmental Policy Review, 2017)
  • Safety first, environment last: improving the regulation of gas pipeline leaks (KBH Center for Energy, Law and Economics, Sep. 2015)
  • EPA Clean Power Plan: Implementation Options (KBH Center for Energy, Law, and Business, June 2015) (with Melinda Taylor)
  • Lost but not forgotten: The hidden environmental costs of offsetting pipelines for natural gas losses (KBH Center for Energy, Law and Economics, Apr. 2015)
  • Water in The laws of Australia (Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG Ed., Thompson Reuters Australia, 2015)
  • Addressing climate change without laws (Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute, Aug. 2014) (co-authored with Steven Weissman)
  • Australian Water Act (Thompson Reuters Australia, 2015) (with Kate Stoeckel, Luke Woodward & Amy Hankinson)

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