Governments can pick winners and losers in the energy market with selective subsidies. But government finance is too often used to artificially prop up fossil fuels, disadvantaging clean energy innovation. We’re working to make sure subsidies and tax policies support progressive technologies.

State Aid

  • Wind turbine in Patras, Greece

    The capacity mechanism Greece wants is a boon for fossil fuels

    The Greek government wants to introduce a costly new subsidy scheme that would give money to ageing coal plants, favouring them over cleaner energy sources.

  • Power grid

    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.

  • Open cast mine in North Rhine Westphalia, Germany

    Lawyers alert EU authorities as €1.6bn German carbon reduction scheme stalls

    ClientEarth have called on the European Commission to put Germany under scrutiny after it missed the legal deadline to report on whether its €1.6 billion ‘lignite reserve’ scheme was successfully cutting carbon.

  • lone standing tree poland

    Ostroleka C owners ‘on a financial tightrope’ ahead of capacity market auction

    ClientEarth has issued a further legal warning to Polish energy companies Enea and Energa as they prepare to bid for state subsidies for controversial coal power plant Ostrołęka C.

  • Team

  • Ellen Baker

  • Sam Bright

  • Juliette Delarue, State Aid Expert, Environmental Lawyers ClientEarth

    Juliette Delarue

  • Maria Kleis-Walravens, Environmental Lawyers ClientEarth

    Maria Kleis-Walravens

  • Amy Rose, Head of Strategic Litation, ClientEarth

    Amy Rose

  • Bianca Vergnaud, Communications Officer, Strategic Litigation, Environmental Lawyers ClientEarth

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