UK archive

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    Air pollution and Covid-19: clean air zones postponed across the UK

    The implementation of Clean Air Zones across the country will be delayed until “after the Covid-19 outbreak response”. Given the harm to people’s health caused by air pollution, particularly to those most vulnerable, we think the delay should be kept as short as possible.

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    Responding to investor pressure, Barclays presents new, beefed up climate policy

    Barclays’ new climate policy presents historic opportunity for the bank to become a climate leader and sends a clear signal to other financial heavyweights.

  • Due diligence key to make supply chains more sustainable: report

    ClientEarth legal experts took part in working groups to help develop the Global Resources Initiative (GRI) taskforce report highlighting the complexity of global food production systems, and challenging government to create systemic and transformative change that ensures food supply while putting people and planet first.

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    Educating the younger generations to be Guardians of the Planet

    How can you save the planet from your sofa or school? We have collaborated with Clive Gifford and Jonathan Woodward to create a new book Guardians of the Planet: How to be an Eco-Hero.

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    BP pulls advertising campaign just months after our legal complaint

    During BP’s net-zero announcement, new CEO Bernard Looney announced that BP will “stop corporate reputation advertising” and that the current Possibilities Everywhere ad campaign will end and not be replaced.

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    ClientEarth CEO James Thornton to transition into role of President & Founder

    ClientEarth’s Board has announced that James Thornton, the organisation’s founding-CEO, will transition into the role of President & Founder.

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    The Environment Bill: another missed opportunity for clean air

    Today, the Government released its long-awaited Environment Bill to tackle the UK’s biggest environmental challenges but it was another missed opportunity for people’s right to breathe clean air.

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    Drax legal case: We’re taking the UK government to court over Europe’s largest gas plant

    We’ve launched a High Court challenge against the UK government for its decision to approve plans for Europe’s largest gas plant.

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    Our OECD complaint against BP explained

    In a world-first our lawyers have submitted a complaint of over 100-pages to the UK National Contact Point for the OECD against oil and gas giant BP. Read the details.

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    Pensions savers are holding funds’ feet to the fire on climate

    Pension funds should disclose how they are managing these risks. We have been helping a member of the Shell pension fund in his efforts to get proof that the fund is adequately managing its climate-related risk.

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    ClientEarth launches complaint against BP’s climate greenwashing adverts

    ClientEarth has made a world-first complaint against BP, claiming the oil giant’s latest advertising campaign is misleading consumers about its focus on low carbon energy.

  • Sam Bright is a ‘Rising Star’ at the British Legal Awards

    Our coal lawyer, Sam Bright, has won the ‘Rising Star’ accolade at the British Legal Awards.

  • Dominic Phinn - Business Engagement Co-ordinator working with businesses to tackle UK air pollution

    How we work with businesses to tackle air pollution – Interview with Dominic Phinn

    We sat down with Dominic Phinn, our Business Engagement Co-ordinator for Clean Air, to find out more about our work with UK businesses to tackle air pollution.

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    Climate change set to sway next election as majority of Britons say it will affect how they vote

    Climate change is set to influence the next election, as over half (54%) of Britons say it will affect the way they vote, according to our new poll of more than 2,000 Britons.

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    Why the UK environment bill matters

    Today, the Government released its long-awaited Environment Bill to tackle the UK’s biggest environmental challenges. Without it, we risk weaker protections for our environment

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    UK Air Pollution: How clean is the air you breathe?

    Latest UK air pollution data reveal that 83% of reporting zones still have illegal levels of air pollution and little progress has been made. Find out how clean the air you breathe is.

  • Lawyers put local authorities on notice over climate inaction

    Lawyers from ClientEarth are putting 100 local authorities across England on notice, warning them that they will violate their legal obligations and risk legal challenge if they do not introduce proper climate change plans.

  • Lawyers allege illegal fishing activities in North Sea nature reserve

    ClientEarth has lodged an official complaint with the European Commission over what we say is illegal management of protected North Sea nature reserves, which have been left decimated by damaging fishing practices.

  • Environmental groups launch Brexit regulation court challenge over wildlife risk

    Lawyers from ClientEarth have helped launch a High Court challenge to the UK government’s Brexit laws, over sweeping new powers that may weaken protection for seas and wildlife in the UK.

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    Real action now needed to back UK’s net zero goal

    The UK government must now show leadership akin to the international space race to ensure real action backs new net zero laws addressing climate change, say environmental lawyers.

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    UK’s Capacity Market is not fit for purpose

    We have written to the European Commission arguing that there is no proven need for the UK’s Capacity Market – and that as designed, it favours coal and gas power plants over cleaner technologies.

  • New Aarhus findings: ACCC/C/2014/100 (UK) – Committee explains public participation requirements for plans/programmes

    Last week, the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee has published its findings on communication ACCC/C/2014/100 (United Kingdom) concerning the controversial “High Speed 2” rail project from London to the West Midlands, Manchester and Leeds.

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    UK must not carry forward surplus hot air in push for net zero

    The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has published its net zero report, laying out a bold vision for the UK to maintain global leadership in the fight against climate change. To stay true to this ambition, the UK government must not carry forward surplus emissions this month from previous carbon budgets.

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    Why London’s new Ultra Low Emission Zone is vital for the health of the capital

    Today marks the launch of London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s ambitious plan to make London a cleaner, healthier city.