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Rethinking the Legal Approach for Climate Change Regulation of Corporations in Ghana

The country has introduced some climate change policies and general environmental regulations but has yet to pass a Climate Change Act. This leaves the country without effective legal and regulatory instruments for addressing climate change. Climate change law expert Kikelomo Kila sets out her findings in a recent paper on why Ghana must not follow the “command and control” regulatory approach. Kila says Ghana is currently lacking the political will to establish a strong climate change regulator. There is no technical capacity either, but this can be solved by outsourcing it to private entities under the supervision of the regulator. This exists in some other sectors. She adds that corporate compliance is also lacking, but this may come once the other two conditions are solved.