Energy archive

  • Excavators at a mining area

    We’re taking action as public money used to evict people for coal in Romania

    Our lawyers and Bankwatch Romania have submitted a complaint to the European Commission after the Romanian government funded evictions of homeowners by a coal company.

  • Three beige towers of a power plant

    The end of Poland’s last new coal plant?

    Major Polish energy firms Enea and Energa have announced they will suspend funding to, and construction of, the country’s last planned new coal plant, Ostroleka C, over economic concerns.

  • Drax Power Plant

    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.

  • Coal Power Plant in Greece

    Major court win brings the end to Greek lignite era ever closer

    Following legal action Greece has ruled to annul the environmental permits for two state-owned lignite-fired power plants. This is the new normal in a country that is speeding towards a coal phase-out.

  • 17 December 2019

    Workshop: A critical assessment of the EU State aid framework for energy efficiency, district heating & cooling and co-generation

    Workshop: Is the existing State aid framework in support of the decarbonisation of Europe? A critical assessment of the EU State aid framework for energy efficiency, district heating & cooling and co-generation.

  • 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.

  • 3 December 2019

    Workshop: Assessment of the EU State aid framework for support to energy intensive industry

    Workshop: Is the existing State aid framework in support of the decarbonisation of Europe? A critical assessment of the EU State aid framework for support to energy intensive industry

  • 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.

  • coal plant in Germany by mine

    Should German coal companies get cash to close?

    Germany, the home of roughly a third of the EU’s entire coal fleet – that’s nearly 70 coal plants – announced this year that it will phase out coal by 2038.

  • Event 14 November 2019

    Conference: State aid perspectives on the “Coal-to-Clean Transition” in Europe

    Conference organised by ClientEarth and Agora Agora Energiewende on ‘State aid perspectives on the “Coal-to-Clean Transition” in Europe’.

  • Event 22 October

    Workshop: Is the existing State aid framework in support of a decarbonised Europe?

    Workshop: Is the existing State aid framework in support of a decarbonised Europe? A critical assessment of the EU State aid Guidelines for renewable energy sources.

  • Marita - a villager taking on lignite mining in Germany

    #HomesNotCoal – how villagers are using the law to take on lignite mining in Germany

    Germany now has a date for its coal phase out – but for the villagers still threatened by rampant mining, it might take a legal battle to save their homes.

  • Europe Cpal Plant Belchatow

    Challenging Poland’s flagship coal plant

    Belchatow power plant in Poland is five times the size of the average plant. There is no place for a plant this huge and this dirty in Europe, which is supposed to be spearheading the global climate fight.

  • childs bike with road subsidence in Greece

    The cost of coal – Breaking Greece’s unlawful ties to fossil fuels

    For six decades, lignite – the dirtiest and once the cheapest form of coal – has been the driving force of Greece’s economy. Today, lignite has become inefficient and costly. It’s time to clean up coal.

  • Three beige towers of a power plant

    Major court win shows power of corporate law to fight climate change

    ClientEarth lawyers have scored a major win in Poland, which puts the future of planned coal plant Ostrołęka C in question.

  • yellow bulb against blue sky

    Does Europe have a coal problem?

    Why is everyone so worried about coal, and is there a clean alternative? Europe has over 250 coal power stations, and is building more. Read on to find out why this is bad for the planet, and how we can stop dirty coal.

  • ClientEarth lawyer Domnique Doyle in London Fields

    Coal in Europe – five minutes with an environmental lawyer

    We sat down with ClientEarth lawyer Dominique Doyle to find out why coal is key in the fight to protect the planet.

  • Smog-covered village, Romania

    Romania’s dirtiest power plant faces court challenge over unassessed pollution

    We have supported our partners Greenpeace Romania to launch a legal challenge to force authorities to consider the huge negative environmental impacts of Romania’s notorious coal polluter Rovinari.

  • 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.

  • 7 May 2019

    Workshop: A critical appraisal of EU State Aid decisions on Capacity Mechanisms

    Workshop: Is State Aid working in support of the decarbonisation of Europe? A critical appraisal of EU State Aid decisions on Capacity Mechanisms

  • 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.

  • Brandenburg Gate, Germany

    Our draft law provides German coal phase out blueprint

    We have teamed up with Greenpeace Germany to launch a draft law which would provide a blueprint for Germany to phase out coal.  

  • village coal plant belchatow

    ClientEarth lawyers launch court fight to block major new coal mine in Poland

    Approval for a huge new coal mine that would leave 3,000 people in search of new homes is being challenged by ClientEarth’s lawyers in Poland.

  • nottinghamshire rapeseed field village

    UK energy transition continues with closure of 2GW coal plant in 2019

    ClientEarth energy experts say UK must come good on promise to introduce coal phase-out law to ensure fair deal for workers.