Climate archive

  • EU flags outside of the European Commission building in Brussels

    Key EU Commission speech: gaps between words and action

    EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s State of the Union speech today revealed a worrying discrepancy when it came to the environment.

  • Sunset with wind turbines

    Lawyers call for greater ambition in European Climate Law

    ClientEarth and other environmental organisations are calling on Members of the European Parliament to support ambitious measures in new EU climate laws, including an emission reduction target of 65%.

  • Houses of Parliament, London

    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.

  • Climate damaged properties on Torres Strait Islands

    Australian Government denies responsibility for climate-threatened Torres Strait

    The Australian Government has finally responded to a complaint from Torres Strait Islanders highlighting how climate change is threatening their home and way of life.

  • 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.

  • Is the environment still a priority for China in the post-pandemic era?

    Is the environment still a priority in China’s political and economic agenda?

  • EU – China Dialogue on Green Deal and Green Economic Recovery

    ClientEarth co-hosted a virtual workshop on green economic recovery on behalf of the bilateral EU – China Environment Project.

  • Photo of London

    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.

  • 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.

  • The European Climate Law and Access to Justice

    In early March, just before the onset of the current COVID 19 crisis, the European Commission presented its proposal for a European Climate Law, a flagship initiative under the Green Deal.

  • 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.

  • Women and toddler walking at shore

    Pensions: Risking More than Your Money

    Understanding how your pension contributes to climate change and can be the solution is one of the single most impactful things you can do.

  • A first win in our plastics fight in Antwerp

    Taking a stand against unnecessary plastic – our first win in Antwerp.

  • High rise glass buildings

    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.

  • 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.

  • Torres Strait Islanders after sea surge

    Torres Strait Islanders win key ask after climate complaint

    The Australian government has promised $25 million in climate adaptation spending for the Torres Strait.

  • 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.

  • BP Oil Rig

    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.

  • Meeting for China's Green Light System

    How can we make China’s Belt and Road Initiative sustainable? Launching the Green Light System

    In December, ClientEarth co-hosted The Inception Meeting for Joint Research on “Green Development Guidance for Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) Projects”, also known as the “Green Light System”.

  • 2019: A year in review

    At ClientEarth, 2019 has been a year of huge successes in the fight for our planet. Here are some of our highlights.

  • Tree in desert

    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.

  • The Torres Strait Islands are on the climate frontline

    Australian Prime Minister refuses to visit climate-hit islanders

    Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has refused an invitation to visit the climate-hit homes of indigenous Australians who are bringing a human rights complaint against their government.

  • The European Investment Bank

    Major step forward: European Investment Bank to stop funding fossil fuel projects

    Tomorrow, the Board of the European Investment Bank will vote on a ground-breaking policy to stop funding fossil fuel projects. We’ll be updating this post with the decision and our reaction.