Energy archive

  • 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.

  • Image shows the sea and a beach with palm trees

    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.

  • power tower theme park ride blue sky Luxembourg

    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.

  • Solar panels

    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.

  • Wind turbines, Greece

    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.

  • tree tops in front of hazy forest

    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.

  • grassy field blue sky

    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.

  • Coking plant, Silesia, Poland

    Polish coking plant finally confirms closure after ClientEarth intervention

    The owner of Debiensko coking plant in Silesia, Poland, has confirmed that it will stop operating in September, after years of efforts from local residents and a recent intervention from environmental law organisation ClientEarth.

  • wind turbines against purple orange sunset

    No more coal, no new gas – it’s vital the UK government invests in our clean future

    Countries have crucial decisions to make about their energy mix beyond the coal era. In the UK, there is no need for new gas – so what comes next?

  • Bird running on water

    ClientEarth takes legal action against construction of gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 in Finland

    ClientEarth has submitted a complaint to the Finnish administrative court in Vaasa to halt the construction of a 374 kilometre-long section of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in the country.

  • Agios Dimitrios power plant, Greece

    Greece’s biggest power plant faces additional challenges as court hearing looms

    Environmental organisations have submitted additional challenges to Greece’s biggest lignite-fired power plant, Agios Dimitrios.

  • Winding road, Confrides, Spain

    Coal plants must pay back €400 million in unlawful subsidies from Spanish government, environmental lawyers insist

    Environmental lawyers are supporting the European Commission’s investigation into coal operators in Spain to decide whether they have to pay back millions in subsidies to the Spanish government.

  • Smoke plume

    Report: Global coal set to shrink from 2022

    The number of coal plants across the world will start to drop within five years, according to a new expert report.

  • Power plant

    Judges deny Bulgarian power plant expansion over illegal pollution

    The Supreme Administrative Court of Bulgaria has refused Brikel coal power plant permission to increase its coal burning capacity. The court said that the plant had systematically failed to comply with environmental laws.

  • Dunstanburgh Castle

    Climate change concerns lead to rejection of Druridge Bay coal mine

    Plans for a huge opencast coal mine at Druridge Bay were today formally rejected by Communities Secretary Sajid Javid, on the basis that the environmental impact would be too significant.

  • smoke plumes against orange sky and pylons

    ClientEarth moves to defend new EU rules from “inexcusable” coal industry attack

    ClientEarth and EEB are fighting to protect laws aimed to protect people’s health and the climate form dangerous levels of pollution.

  • Birds on electric wire

    European Parliament backs move towards redesigning the EU’s energy market

    A European Parliament committee has voted for stricter rules for measures taken by EU countries to ensure supply of electricity which could benefit renewables.

  • Sliven, Bulgaria

    Environmental lawyers move to stop Bulgarian plant burning harmful waste

    An old electricity and heat–generating plant in Bulgaria has been granted a permit allowing it to burn harmful municipal waste.

  • Polish street at night colourful buildings

    Insurers may face legal questions if they keep propping up coal

    The argument for underwriting coal is on ever shakier ground, but many European companies are still fuelling the fire.