Energy archive

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • smoke stack

    ClientEarth partners sue as toxic EU coal plant scores permission to pollute ‘indefinitely’

    If left unchallenged, this decision would expose thousands of people to levels of mercury and sulphur dioxide four times over the legal limit.

  • Drax Power Plant

    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.

  • Smoke rising from power plant at sunset

    EU’s General Court slaps down industry attempt to fight new pollution laws

    Victory for people’s health across Europe and another step towards a Europe beyond coal as Euracoal denied right to overturn tighter legal emission limits by EU’s General Court.

  • broad stretch of coal mine germany

    Experts call for German coal phase out law to avoid ‘legal shambles’

    “The German coal phase out is of major importance for global climate protection, but also for Germany’s future and its role in the world.”

  • streetlight against background of houses

    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.

  • Power plant, Krakow, Poland

    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.

  • orange tractor against rural landscape

    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.

  • upwards view of pylon

    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.

  • Sun rays through a forest

    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.

  • 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.

  • coal projection power plant

    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.

  • Rovinari power plant, Romania

    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.

  • ostroleka bridge

    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.

  • Columns with sunset behind

    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.

  • national assembly of bulgaria

    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.

  • lakeside autumn trees Poland

    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.

  • Beach, Baltic Sea

    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.

  • coal plant and rusty road sign

    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.

  • street in london

    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.

  • Illuminated church in Sofia, Bulgaria

    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.