Energy archive

  • electricity pylons against purple red sunset

    EU green light to Polish capacity market is a reminder the rules need updating

    Lawyers point out fundamental flaws in EU rules that mean it can approve ‘badly disguised coal subsidies’.

  • Crowd of Lego

    Public participation as part of the EU Climate Governance Regulation could help transition to a cleaner, more efficient energy future

    The European Parliament recently voted in favour of strengthening public engagement in national discussions on energy and climate policies.

  • eggborough power station golden field mist

    Eggborough waves goodbye to coal, but has big gas plans in the pipeline

    Operators of failing UK coal giant have a planning application for conversion well underway.

  • Logs

    European Parliament votes to burn wood unsustainably

    The European Parliament failed today to set more ambitious rules dictating how wood is burned for energy in the EU.

  • Image shows electricity pylons at sunset

    UK renewables investment plunges

    Investment in renewable energy production in the UK has dropped dramatically for a second consecutive year. The government must improve the legal framework for renewables.

  • hazy-grey-sky-smokestacks

    Bulgaria’s move to overturn EU pollution laws a “terrible political signal”

    The Bulgarian government is doubling down on its efforts to shirk environmental responsibility.

  • violet sky countryside stile

    We must make sure UK coal phaseout does not mean gas lock-in

    UK Government’s  coal phaseout plans risk seeing natural gas rush to fill coal’s shoes.

  • Empty chairs

    New legal complaint alleges Greek government failed to consult public over emissions

    The Greek government has breached an international agreement by denying the public their right to be informed of and participate in decisions concerning coal-fired power plants.

  • orange glow misty mountain upwards

    Coal investors stand to lose billions within a decade – unless utilities act now

    As coal runs at a loss, power companies are running out of excuses to invest in it. A new report by Carbon Tracker charts a route to minimising the impact to shareholders as coal loses out to cheaper, cleaner ways of making and using energy.

  • Hinkley Point power station

    Case C-640/16 P, Greenpeace Energy v Commission, Judgment of 10 October 2017, ECLI:EU:C:2017:752

    The European Court of Justice has confirmed the inadmissibility of Greenpeace Energy’s application for annulment of the Commission’s decision approving State aid for the nuclear power plant, Hinkley Point C.

  • silesia

    Lawyers seek evidence from residents affected by hazardous industrial pollution

    A new legal campaign gives people the chance to share their own local industrial emissions insights, enabling lawyers to launch more actions to protect people from harmful chemicals.

  • ClientEarth objects to gas pipeline Nord Stream 2

    ClientEarth has filed an appeal to the Finnish authorities, asking them to deny Gazprom the permits they need to start constructing gas pipeline Nord Stream 2.

  • wood

    Lawyers call for rethink after 19 countries commit to wood and crop-burning for energy

    There are huge issues surrounding bioenergy. How can we make sure we are bringing emissions down if we can’t calculate what they are?

  • palm tree silhouette lights

    Top insurers pull billions from coal – lawyers say there are “serious questions” for those still invested in it

    This week, insurance giant Zurich announced that it would both divest from and stop insuring coal-dependent businesses. ClientEarth lawyer Alice Garton questions why others are lagging behind.

  • Electricity pylons

    Twin coal plants in Greece face court challenge over illegal pollution

    Environmental lawyers have launched a case against two of Greece’s major coal plants for their failure to comply with EU law.

  • silhouette-coal-flues-sunset

    ClientEarth and WWF take Italy’s most polluting coal plant to court

    Italy’s dirtiest coal plant faces losing its permit as international lawyers launch legal action against its toxic pollution.

  • pink glow reflects bulgarian train station

    Unlawful coal plant Maritsa III challenged in Bulgaria’s Supreme Court

    Wave of legal action against Bulgarian coal continues as ClientEarth teams up with national lawyers to take on illegal pollution.

  • Coal plant, Finland

    ClientEarth joins ranks of international anti-coal movement

    Europe Beyond Coal, launched today, links organisations across 28 countries in the campaign for clean, renewable energy all over the EU.

  • poland street

    Poland’s move to derail landmark pollution law “unconscionable” – environmental lawyers

    Poland has launched legal action to overturn pollution standards for power stations. Success would compromise the health of people in every EU country.

  • Zeche Zollverein mine Germany

    Funding coal “incomprehensible” as study reveals dramatic decline

    A new report published by Coalswarm and Greenpeace reveals an unprecedented drop in global confidence in coal with 25% of 1,675 coal operators having left the business since 2010 and a wave of national phase-outs being declared.

  • turbine against autumn treeline

    Wind and solar will be cheaper than burning wood for power by 2020 – report

    Environmental lawyers ClientEarth are calling for an end to subsidies to wood-burning facilities like Drax.

  • Coal Power Plant

    ClientEarth challenges Greece’s untouchable coal power permits

    ClientEarth and WWF Greece have filed a complaint against the Greek state for violating an international agreement by effectively making it impossible to challenge unlawful permits for many of the country’s coal-fired power plants.

  • bird flying

    Regional Spanish government authorised illegal emissions, court rules

    The Supreme Court of Asturias, in north west Spain, rules that a power plant was allowed an illegal permit and pumped out excess harmful pollutants.

  • warm colour spanish peaks hillside

    Spain’s funding of power plants faces legal challenge

    Spanish electricity companies may have to pay back over €3bn in aid if environmental lawyers’ complaint over the capacity mechanism is successful.