Energy archive

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    ClientEarth reports Bulgarian capacity mechanism to European Commission

    As subsidies for fossil fuels come under increasing scrutiny in the EU, Bulgaria faces a legal challenge over its unwavering support to coal.

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    New report: Poland’s energy future at a crossroads as it trails behind EU peers

    A new report by ClientEarth shows Poland is trailing behind other EU countries in phasing out fossil fuels in favour of renewable energy.

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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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    Expert view: What does the General Court ruling mean for Great Britain’s Capacity Market?

    The EU’s General Court has annulled the Commission’s State aid approval of the UK Capacity Market – this is a short analysis of the judgment.

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    New report highlights climate risk from burning trees for energy

    A new report from the UK’s Committee on Climate Change (CCC) recognises burning trees for energy can cause more greenhouse gas emissions than fossil fuels.

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    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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    Bulgarian government conceals coal plant danger data from public, flouting court order

    Bulgaria is set to give its largest coal plant permission to flout new, tighter EU industrial pollution laws designed to protect people’s health.

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    Legal challenge targets Romanian ‘giant polluter’ power plant

    Greenpeace Romania, with the support of ClientEarth, has submitted a legal challenge against a lifetime permit granted to one of Romania’s oldest and largest coal power plants.

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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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    Sister power plants in Greece face court challenge for disregarding people and planet

    Environmental organisations are mounting a legal challenge against two Greek power plants for their failure to comply with EU, national and international laws.

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    Campaigners challenge Bulgarian state over assault on access to justice

    New laws are part of an “alarming trend” towards the restriction of people’s environmental rights, say legal experts.

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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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    ClientEarth moves to block construction of Nord Stream 2 pipeline in Sweden

    ClientEarth has filed a complaint to Sweden’s Supreme Administrative Court to halt the construction of a 510 kilometre-long section of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in Swedish waters.

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    Court challenge as Bulgarian authorities skip pollution test for power plant

    Impacts of burning waste and petrochemicals in Bulgaria’s most polluted towns will remain uncharted.

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    UK Government clearer on coal, irrational on gas

    The UK Government’s new National Planning Policy Framework makes some welcome clarifications on coal but takes an irrational approach to other energy and natural resources considerations.

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    Bulgaria puts price tag on environmental justice

    Bulgaria has passed a law today that restricts people, public institutions and NGOs’ ability to go to court for the environment.

  • Arenas de Barcelona Multicines, Barcelona, Spain

    Spanish coal mines could face €2bn refund bill

    Spain’s coal mining companies may have to pay back up to €2bn in government subsidies.

  • Wind turbines, Vejer de la Frontera, Spain

    EU negotiators to decide fate of citizens’ role in renewable energy transition

    EU negotiators begin talks on reforming the EU’s electricity market design rules. The outcome will determine if the EU realises its goal of putting energy citizens at the heart of the Energy Union.

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    Indonesian coal plant green-lit despite climate impact

    ClientEarth has joined with other legal and environmental expert groups to offer evidence to an Indonesian court considering a case against a coal plant in the country.

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    Energy giant Engie must pay back 10 years’ worth of illegal tax breaks

    Lawyers warn fossil fuel companies should factor the potential payback of illegal subsidies into the “vast portfolio of risks” they face.

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    EU fails to strive for an ambitious renewable energy future

    EU decision makers agreed on a disappointingly low overall renewable target for 2030 of 32%. It now remains to be seen what measures will be put in place to ensure that EU countries meet this target.

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    Report: More investment needed to secure renewable energy future

    This year’s REN21’s Renewables 2018 Global Status Report reveals the transition to renewable energy is possible, but advances so far are uneven across sectors.

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    EU must strip large-scale wood-burning of ‘carbon-neutral’ status

    Biomass power plants put the EU’s ability to meet climate goals in jeopardy but they’re lauded as a panacea for cutting carbon. EU renewable energy policy needs to stop legitimising subsidies for biomass.

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    ENEL gives mixed climate messages at AGM

    Energy giant ENEL’s conflicting climate policies have come under fire at its AGM but the group is still refusing to give investors any certainty about the future, despite the rapid decline of coal in Europe.