Climate archive

  • Glencore’s climate commitments welcome but company must now abandon aggressive lobbying

    ClientEarth calls on Glencore to halt lobbying against climate action following news that the major coal producer will not grow its coal capacity and align its business with the Paris Agreement.

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    Lawyers reveal massive climate impact of new Drax gas plant

    ClientEarth has warned warned that, if approved, a new Drax gas plant would be responsible for as much as 75% of the emissions budget for the entire UK power sector.

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    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.

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    Vanuatu calls for loss and damage climate change fund

    Vanuatu is calling for a new ‘loss and damage fund’ to ensure payments from those most responsible for climate change go towards those most affected by climate disasters.

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    Farmer turns to court to block new Bulgarian coal mine

    As COP24 kicks off, coal is on trial in the courts again – this time, in Bulgaria.

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    The legal perspective: Climate change’s influence on future business ventures

    “It is in your commercial interests to limit warming. This gives you legal cover to act, and legal risk if you choose not to.” Head of ClientEarth’s Climate programme Alice Garton addresses the  European Refining and Technology Conference.

  • Cooling towers, Drax coal-fired power station, UK

    ClientEarth lodges objection to Drax gas plant on climate grounds

    ClientEarth has submitted a written objection to Drax Power’s plans to build four new gas turbines, on the grounds that it breaches the government’s planning and climate change recommendations.

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    World-first climate risk case launched over major coal plant in Poland

    Company Enea will have to justify its decision to power ahead with the controversial project in court, as Poland feels the pressure before COP24.

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    Financial regulators step up to present united front on climate risk

    The Bank of England’s Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) have today released statements on the systemic impact of climate change to UK financial markets

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    Historic climate litigation result stands after Dutch court victory

    As the UN pushes for urgent climate action, judges reaffirm governments must commit to fighting climate change.

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    Shell pension fund member warns of legal action

    A member of Shell’s pension fund is ready to take it to the Pensions Ombudsman for maladministration – unless it can prove it is managing its climate-related risk. ClientEarth is supporting him. 

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    Climate ambition of 1.5°C demands urgent legal and accounting work

    World governments are “nowhere near on track” to avoid breaking through international carbon budgets.

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    Court rules against RWE, halting German forest clearance

    Environmental lawyers are calling for a ‘beyond coal’ policy as Hambach ruling sends RWE’s share price plummeting.

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    Major energy firms exposed to shareholder action over coal power plant Ostrołęka C

    Environmental lawyers ClientEarth have put the directors of Energa and Enea on notice of the increasing risk of legal action if they proceed with the project.

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    Major investors back climate risk briefing

    Major investors have set out support for a new investor briefing detailing what could be gained from recognition of climate risk by global securities regulatory association IOSCO.

  • EasyJet among companies reported to regulator by ClientEarth

    ClientEarth has reported four UK companies, including EasyJet to the financial regulator, also writing to their auditors.

  • Business must consider climate change as human rights issue, inquiry hears

    Directors of companies have been put on notice of climate risk and liability during the world’s first national inquiry into the human rights impacts of climate change, in the Philippines today.

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    Pressure mounts on global securities body to set the bar on climate disclosure

    Investors and finance experts have put further pressure on IOSCO to prompt a global gear shift on climate risk reporting.

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    British public supports urgent action and litigation on climate change – poll reveals

    A groundbreaking new ClientEarth opinion poll reveals that the British public wants urgent action on climate change.

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    Top UK pension funds put on notice over climate risk

    Trustees warned their actions will be evaluated against evolving market standards and growing evidence.

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    More extreme weather prompts climate litigation warning

    With Britain sweltering in record heat and further extreme weather hitting Europe and beyond, ClientEarth have warned about the litigation risk for governments and businesses that fail to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

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    Twenty-three year-old takes his pension fund to court over climate change

    In a first of its kind case, a pension fund member in Australia has taken their fund to court over a lack of information on what it knows about the impact of climate change on his investments and what it is doing about it.

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    Dropping climate reference in new pensions law would be “hugely irresponsible”

    PLSA calls for climate change risk to be omitted from trustees’ duties but too many are still worryingly under-informed about climate risk.

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    Peak oil in 2036 presents “clear legal risks” for overoptimistic oil executives

    New analysis suggests the outlooks oil companies are giving their investors are far too rosy.