Climate Governance archive

  • The role of bioenergy in meeting UK carbon budgets and targets

    Yesterday (7 December) the Committee on Climate Change, an independent advisory body to the UK Government, published a report stating that burning biomass could result in emissions “significantly higher than alternative forms of low-carbon power generation”.

  • Where now for the Green Investment Bank?

    Yesterday’s article in the Guardian revealed fresh grounds for concern that the government may fail to deliver a real bank with powers to borrow from the capital markets.

  • COP17 – a few reports you might have missed

    COP17 is undoubtedly a ‘big deal’, with major publications covering up to date news coverage, the factual breakdown of the talks in Durban is easily accessible.

  • House of Commons Launch of ClientEarth Green Investment Bank legislation: the fight begins.

    Last night saw the Parliamentary launch of ClientEarth’s legislative proposals for the legislation establishing the Green Investment Bank.

  • Fossil Fuels v. EPA: Europeans Join the Fray

    Today I’m writing about one of the most important cases before the U.S. courts this year. Called Coalition for Responsible Regulation v. EPA, it is being argued before the federal Court of Appeals in Washington. It will decide whether the U.S. Government can regulate greenhouse gases.

  • We need climate change education to secure more UK jobs

    Blog by Matt Williams ( ClientEarth communications intern) and Helen Markides who are part of the UK Youth Climate Coalition’s youth delegation to the United Nations climate talks.

  • Talkin’ about the GAP

    ClientEarth is delighted to be joined by Matt Williams from the UK Youth Climate Coalition (UKYCC). Matt is part of UKYCC’s youth delegation to the UN climate talks ( and he is currently interning with our communications team.

  • Tar sands in Europe? No thanks.

    EU lawmakers are to introduce a new directive which would effectively ban tar sands fuel from entering Europe. It is concerning that the UK government is trying to block it.

  • UK government’s plans for coal power are an ‘unlawful backward-step’

    Despite their pledge to be the ‘greenest government ever’, close analysis of the UK government’s proposed design of CO2 emissions performance standards for fossil fuel generation (‘EPS’ – limits on the amount of pollutants released into the air) risks being an unlawful backward-step.

  • F-gases: an Essential Landmark for Europe’s Low-carbon Roadmap

    Fluorinated gases (F-gases) are not something you often hear about in climate-change discussion. Plans for Europe’s low-carbon future focus on limiting carbon dioxide (CO2) – and rightly so. But what about those other climate-forcers?

  • The answer is blowing in the wind

    If I had asked for a better visual analogy of the transition to a low carbon economy I wouldn’t have got one. Standing in a blustery field in Oxfordshire I was presented with a sight that highlighted the juxtaposition of old and new, pessimism and optimism, dirty and clean, the past and future of our energy economy.

  • Killing the Messenger: The UK Government is wrong to dissolve the Sustainable Development Commission

    Among the first strategic moves by the new UK government is to kill the Sustainable Development Commission. This is deeply misguided.

  • First rumblings of a seismic shift? – First optional event on black carbon at EU parliament

    I put to you that it is very difficult to overlook the following two implications from recent climate science:

  • Keeping the crisps coming – convincing the man in the pub on climate change

    Recent controversy over the handling of climate data has been seized upon by those intent on preserving their own financial interests, with potentially catastrophic results for us all. The upsurge in doubt among the general public is concerning – but it is lack of understanding that allows doubt and fear to thrive. What messages best help the man in the pub see the sense in tackling climate change?

  • As close as the US gets to saying No to coal

    The US Treasury Department has released guidelines calling on Multilateral Development Banks to reduce funding to coal power stations.

  • Will a barefoot politician please step forth?

    The recriminations for the failure of the Copenhagen Climate Change summit to deliver a more robust deal on CO2 reductions are continuing in earnest.

  • Tuvalu’s proposal reveals what Copenhagen is all about

    The Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), including the island of Tuvalu, has said that any deal that allows a temperature rise of more than 1.5 degrees C is not negotiable.

  • Human rights – getting to the heart of climate change

    Through a serendipitous piece of scheduling, a COP15 side event on human rights and climate change was held today, 10th December: International Human Rights Day.

  • Copenhagen: Political will ‘will never be stronger’

    Will there be an agreement? What form might it take? And it will be enough?

  • Political meltdown in the sunburnt country: Where to now for Australian climate policy?

    In one of the most dramatic weeks in Australian politics, the Australian emissions trading bill was defeated in the Senate this morning for the second time. Australia will now have nothing to show at Copenhagen and it is more uncertain than ever which path Australia will now take to deal with climate change.