UK archive

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    How trade policy can support good environmental practice

    As it designs its new trade policy, the UK government can – and should – take a more progressive approach to restricting imports for environmental reasons. Our new report shows that there are ways ahead.

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

    Latest UK air pollution data reveal that 75% 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.

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    Two hundred days since Environment Bill last seen

    The UK Government has made strong statements on environmental protection but its flagship bill has disappeared from Parliament.

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    Climate change and your pension – interview with our climate finance lawyer, Kyla Taylor

    We spoke to our climate finance lawyer Kyla Taylor to find out what role pensions can play in the fight against climate change.

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    The UK Pension Schemes Bill: a climate game-changer?

    We’ve been working with the Government and group of peers to make amendments to the Pension Schemes Bill, which will strengthen duties on pension schemes regarding climate change.

  • Protecting the UK environment: Brexit and beyond – five minutes with our lawyer, Hatti Owens

    Since the EU referendum in 2016, ClientEarth’s UK environment team has been working to secure progressive and ambitious environmental protection for the UK in spite of Brexit. Hatti Owens tells us about her work to reduce the impact of Brexit on our environment.

  • ClientEarth appeals High Court judgment over Drax gas plant approval

    Our lawyers have won the right to appeal a ruling by the High Court, which sided with a UK Government decision to approve what would be Europe’s largest gas plant.

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    The five climate conditions we say companies must commit to for UK assistance

    In the UK, ClientEarth is calling on the Government to impose five strict climate conditions that companies should adhere to when receiving public support during the COVID-19 recovery. These conditions can help ensure economic growth does not come at the cost of the country failing to meet its climate commitments.

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    Air pollution beyond lockdown: could the UK breathe cleaner air?

    Many people have noticed cleaner air and clearer skies during lockdown. ClientEarth has been leading the charge to make this a lasting reality post-lockdown, not a forgotten memory.

  • BP greenwashing complaint sets precedent for action on misleading ad campaigns

    In an important precedent for complaints against corporate greenwashing, an OECD complaint filed by ClientEarth lawyers alleging oil giant BP misled the public in its advertising campaign would have proceeded had the company not already committed to take down the ads.

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    Tackling the UK’s deforestation footprint through due diligence laws: briefing

    In a briefing, ClientEarth and Global Witness are calling on the UK to adopt mandatory due diligence laws to tackle its environmental footprint overseas, address associated human rights violations, and stop the flow of money leading to deforestation.

  • Pensions and climate change

    Understanding how your pension contributes to the climate crisis and demanding it is part of the solution is one of the single most impactful things you can do, both for the planet and for yourself.

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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.

  • Guardians of the Planet book front cover

    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.

  • Example fossil fuel ads with warning following ClientEarth complaint against BP.

    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.

  • The UK needs to clean up our air

    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.

  • Example fossil fuel ads with warning following ClientEarth complaint against BP.

    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.