Energy archive

  • Photo of power lines for story about fair competition and EU energy needs

    EU energy needs ignored by competition inquiry

    A new report on fair competition doesn’t take account of the EU’s energy needs. The EU must decarbonise, but a new inquiry into the energy market ignores this and the EU’s commitments to go green.

  • Coal giant files for bankruptcy protection

    Peabody Energy, the world’s largest privately owned coal producer has filed for bankruptcy protection.

  • Abandoned coals

    Lessons from Exxon: Honesty’s the best policy

    As US states unite to establish if Exxon misled investors, it appears that corporate transparency isn’t just a bonus for investors and authorities – it’s becoming a legal necessity.

  • Photo of flowers and pylon to illustrate story about emissions loophole in the UK Energy Bill

    PM urged to close carbon emissions loophole in UK Energy Bill

    ClientEarth and Sandbag call on the the Prime Minister to count carbon emissions correctly in the Energy Bill.

  • image showing power lines

    Industrial plants operating on illegal permits

    ClientEarth has learned that around 60 industrial plants in the UK are operating on illegal permits.

  • Image of James Thornton CEO ClientEarth talking about the UK and how it must aim for net zero emissions to tackle climate change

    UK must aim for net zero emissions to tackle climate change

    The UK government should enshrine net zero emissions in UK law to cement its leadership on tackling climate change.

  • image of building illustrating energy efficiency first

    What can energy efficiency contribute to reducing EU greenhouse gas emissions?

    In June the European Commission will publish new emissions reduction targets. Environmental lawyers ClientEarth say energy efficiency should be at the heart of EU climate change policies.

  • UK power stations on potentially illegal permits

    The UK government’s shambolic attempt to extend the life of some coal-fired power stations may have left them operating on illegal permits.

  • Polish pension fund carbon bubble exposure should sound warning bells for fund trustees worldwide

    A report today by the Green group in the European Parliament warns that Poland’s largest pension funds could lose 4.2 percent of their assets if a carbon bubble of overvalued fossil fuel investments bursts.

  • Hinkley delay must be used to rethink

    A delay by the French energy firm EDF on whether to invest in Britain’s first new nuclear power station in decades should be used to reconsider the ill-conceived project.

  • End of business as usual for carbon intensive industry

    Scrutiny of carbon intensive companies’ reporting could mean an unprecedented number of complaints to financial regulators from environmental lawyers ClientEarth in 2016.

  • Community energy needs support

    Environmental lawyers at ClientEarth have studied the way that different EU member state governments, including the UK, support community energy.

  • UK dodging energy saving obligations new report suggests

    The UK has changed the way it calculates energy savings without changing its energy efficiency policy, a new report has shown.

  • European Commission’s energy union strategy sets vision, but not responsibilities

    We applaud the Commission’s intent to decarbonise and increase cleaner energy. However, to make these commitments work in practice, they need binding legislation on climate governance.

  • What the Ålands case judgment means for renewable energy

    The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has concluded that the Renewables Directive remains valid and will not have to change.

  • Promoting renewable energy and helping communities

    The UK government has just released its strategy to promote community energy. We’re showing them how they could do more.

  • Community power: What ClientEarth is doing

    As experts in environment and energy law, we are providing legal support and advice to other partners in the Community Power Project (Co-Power Project).

  • The Solution: The Community Power Project

    The objective of the campaign is to develop EU and national legislation and financing to increase citizen participation in, and ownership of, RES projects across Europe.

  • The Problem: Barriers to community renewables projects

    In the past, renewable energy sources (RES) have enjoyed healthy growth throughout a number of countries in the European Union (EU). However, a several factors have contributed towards a halt in the growth of RES.

  • What is community power?

    For the purposes of the Community Power Project (Co-Power Project), we understand community energy generally as projects where citizens own or participate in the production and/or use of sustainable energy.