Learning from and Adapting to Changes in Geologic Sequestration Technology
New and emerging technologies pose challenges for regulation. Regulators cannot fully anticipate the entire scope of a technology’s impact or predict the ways in which the technology will change over time. Even the most comprehensive regulations may inadvertently fail to cover important contingencies or be overly confi ning and hamper future developments. As a technology advances and the knowledge base expands, the associated regulatory system should be able to evolve in response to new developments. The fact that implementing an adaptive approach often has proved to be diffi cult in the past means that considerable care should be taken when designing new regulatory frameworks.