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  • Advocate General: Access to justice for the “public concerned” is not dependent on the exercise of public participation rights

    Advocate General Bobek has advised the Court to confirm that the Aarhus Convention, the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Directive and the Industrial Emissions Directive guarantee access to justice for the public concerned by a proposed activity, even if they did not take part in the preceding public participation procedure.

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    Lawyers call for greater ambition in European Climate Law

    ClientEarth and other environmental organisations are calling on Members of the European Parliament to support ambitious measures in new EU climate laws, including an emission reduction target of 65%.

  • UK’s biggest seafood businesses urge Government to put sustainability at heart of Fisheries Bill

    Businesses from the Sustainable Seafood Coalition are calling on Environment Secretary George Eustice to make vital changes to the Fisheries Bill and seize a pivotal opportunity to develop world-leading sustainable fisheries management.

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    James Thornton wins Charity Leader Of The Year

    James Thornton, ClientEarth’s founding CEO, wins Charity Leader of the Year at The Charity Times Awards 2020. 

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    EUTR News – June to August 2020

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

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    The UK Pension Schemes Bill: a climate game-changer?

    We’ve been working with the Government and group of peers to make amendments to the Pension Schemes Bill, which will strengthen duties on pension schemes regarding climate change.

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    A major win for the civil society of Hungary: EU Court rules that NGO Transparency Law is contrary to EU Treaties

    The Hungarian Transparency Law imposing several obligations on NGOs receiving funding from third countries has been judged contrary to the EU Treaties by the EU Court.

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    Class Actions for Europe: The Collective Redress Directive

    The European Parliament and the Council reached a final agreement on the text of the Collective Redress Directive. It provides a new legal avenue to enforce EU law intended to protect people and the planet.

  • No space for illegal development – CJEU clarifies EIA and SEA remedies

    A new Court of Justice judgement regarding the interpretation of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Directive provides interesting clarifications as to the consequences if no SEA is carried out before the plan/programme is adopted.

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    Virtual conference on access to justice in environmental matters

    Sign up now for our virtual conference on access to justice in environmental matter on 15 & 16 October 2020.

  • Climate damaged properties on Torres Strait Islands

    Australian Government denies responsibility for climate-threatened Torres Strait

    The Australian Government has finally responded to a complaint from Torres Strait Islanders highlighting how climate change is threatening their home and way of life.

  • Protecting the UK environment: Brexit and beyond – five minutes with our lawyer, Hatti Owens

    Since the EU referendum in 2016, ClientEarth’s UK environment team has been working to secure progressive and ambitious environmental protection for the UK in spite of Brexit. Hatti Owens tells us about her work to reduce the impact of Brexit on our environment.

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    How the Republic of Congo’s new forest law can help preserve world’s ‘second lung’

    Last month, the Republic of Congo’s new forest law came into effect. By ensuring more sustainable management of the country’s vast rainforests, it marks a big step forward in regulating and protecting climate-critical forests.

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    Empowering women and protecting forests in Liberia

    ClientEarth interviewed our colleague in Liberia to find out more about her gender rights and forest protection work. We collaborate with her to run gender training and workshops as part of the legal working groups, which seek to involve women in forest governance, and in doing so, ensure the community and forests can prosper harmoniously. 

  • Aerial view over China's Zhangjiajie National Park

    ClientEarth co-hosts Fourth EU – China Biodiversity Workshop

    In July, ClientEarth and the Office of the Executive Committee for CBD COP15 co-hosted a virtual workshop on biodiversity on behalf of the EU-China Environment Project.

  • ClientEarth appeals High Court judgment over Drax gas plant approval

    Our lawyers have won the right to appeal a ruling by the High Court, which sided with a UK Government decision to approve what would be Europe’s largest gas plant.

  • Is the environment still a priority for China in the post-pandemic era?

    Is the environment still a priority in China’s political and economic agenda?

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    Inquiry opened over EU failure to consider environmental and social impacts of South American trade deal

    Following our complaint, the European Ombudsman has launched an inquiry into the EU Commission’s trade agreement with the ‘Mercosur’ group of South American countries. This includes our claims that the Commission failed to seriously consider the deal’s environmental, social, and human rights impact.

  • EU – China Dialogue on Green Deal and Green Economic Recovery

    ClientEarth co-hosted a virtual workshop on green economic recovery on behalf of the bilateral EU – China Environment Project.

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    China introduces new law to safeguard forests and improve governance

    On 1 July, China’s newly amended forest law came into effect, marking the first revision of the law in over twenty years. The law comes with a number of significant improvements, aiming to better protect China’s forest resources and promote sustainable development.

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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.

  • Photo of London

    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.

  • Solar Panels - a form of renewable energy

    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?