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    An expensive addiction: heavy coal handouts halt Polish energy transition

    The massive financial support granted to Poland’s energy sector does not boost the development of green energy. Most of it goes to coal plants.

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    The five climate conditions we say companies must commit to for UK assistance

    In the UK, ClientEarth is calling on the Government to impose five strict climate conditions that companies should adhere to when receiving public support during the COVID-19 recovery. These conditions can help ensure economic growth does not come at the cost of the country failing to meet its climate commitments.

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    Air pollution beyond lockdown: could the UK breathe cleaner air?

    Many people have noticed cleaner air and clearer skies during lockdown. ClientEarth has been leading the charge to make this a lasting reality post-lockdown, not a forgotten memory.

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    Replacing fossil fuels with green energy

    If the EU is to reach its climate objectives, it needs to decarbonise its energy system by 2050. What does the future of green energy look like?

  • Access to Justice update from ClientEarth and Justice&Environment

    Find out more about the latest case-law on access to justice and sign up to our webinar!

  • Could this court case transform how France makes its electricity?

    ClientEarth is joining a legal case that could break commercial strongholds in the French energy market, clearing the way for an energy system based on renewable energy and citizen participation.

  • Court of Justice ensures standing for individuals to challenge breaches of the Water Framework Directive

    A number of individuals in Germany sought to challenge a decision to authorise the construction of a new motorway which allowed the developer to discharge rainwater from the road’s surface into three bodies of surface water or into groundwater.

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    欧盟木材法规(EUTR)新闻——2020年3月至5月

    本期欧洲环保协会《欧盟木材法规》新闻将为您提供欧盟打击非法伐木的法律《欧盟木材法规》(EUTR)2020年3月至5月的最新进展。

  • Commission accepts access to justice complaints concerning Poland and Bulgaria

    The latest Commission infringement package brings some good news for access to justice.

  • BP greenwashing complaint sets precedent for action on misleading ad campaigns

    In an important precedent for complaints against corporate greenwashing, an OECD complaint filed by ClientEarth lawyers alleging oil giant BP misled the public in its advertising campaign would have proceeded had the company not already committed to take down the ads.

  • The European Climate Law and Access to Justice

    In early March, just before the onset of the current COVID 19 crisis, the European Commission presented its proposal for a European Climate Law, a flagship initiative under the Green Deal.

  • Advocate General: Habitats Directive screening applies to temporal extensions of construction permits

    This opinion from Advocate General Kokott considers whether an extension of the duration of a construction permit triggers the appropriate assessment obligations in Article 6(3) of the Habitats Directive.

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    We take action against the EU for failing to consider environmental and social impacts of South American trade deal

    The European Commission has ignored its legal obligation to ensure the trade agreement with the ‘Mercosur’ group of South American countries will not lead to social, economic, environmental degradation and human rights violations, our new legal complaint highlights.

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    Tackling the UK’s deforestation footprint through due diligence laws: briefing

    In a briefing, ClientEarth and Global Witness are calling on the UK to adopt mandatory due diligence laws to tackle its environmental footprint overseas, address associated human rights violations, and stop the flow of money leading to deforestation.

  • Timber in Greece

    Noticias EUTR: marzo – mayo 2020

    Esta edición del boletín de Noticias EUTR ofrece información actualizada sobre la aplicación de la legislación europea tendente a luchar contra la tala ilegal –el Reglamento de la UE relativo a la comercialización de la madera (EUTR) – marzo – mayo 2020.

  • Pensions and climate change

    Understanding how your pension contributes to the climate crisis and demanding it is part of the solution is one of the single most impactful things you can do, both for the planet and for yourself.

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    Pensions: Risking More than Your Money

    Understanding how your pension contributes to climate change and can be the solution is one of the single most impactful things you can do.

  • petrochemicals plant in Europe

    Big Oil’s Plan B: Plastic

    Fossil fuel and petrochemical businesses have found a way to monetise the possibility that a global response to climate change might reduce demand for fossil fuels: their plan B is plastic.

  • Webinar “Enforcing the Industrial Emissions Directive in national courts”

    This webinar provides an overview of the legal framework that applies to individuals and NGOs seeking to enforce the Industrial Emissions Directive in national courts.

  • Combatting racism and racial inequality

    ClientEarth believes that justice is vital for a future in which people and planet thrive together and that justice should never depend on the colour of your skin.

  • Timber in Greece

    EUTR News – March to May 2020

    This issue of the EUTR News provides an update on the operation of the EU’s law to address illegal logging, from March to May 2020.

  • Birds gather on the Tagus estuary

    Portugal’s proposed new airport would threaten thousands of protected birds

    We’ve filed a complaint against the Portuguese government’s plans for a new airport on the country’s most important wetland – home to thousands of protected birds.

  • European Green Deal latest – new commitments on food and nature

    The EU has published the highly anticipated Farm to Fork Strategy and Biodiversity Strategy this week, shaping the future of food systems and nature protection in the Union.

  • We’re tackling unseen air pollution in Germany

    We’ve launched a legal challenge against the German Federal Government over its continued failures to clean up dangerous air pollution across the country.