Fossil Fuels archive

  • Europe Cpal Plant Belchatow

    Challenging Poland’s flagship coal plant

    Belchatow power plant in Poland is five times the size of the average plant. There is no place for a plant this huge and this dirty in Europe, which is supposed to be spearheading the global climate fight.

  • ClientEarth actions in support of global climate strike

    Today is a global climate strike. Many of our staff are going to their local demonstrations, adding their voice to the movement and supporting young people fighting for their future. Others will be continuing their everyday work to protect people and the planet.

  • Three beige towers of a power plant

    Major court win shows power of corporate law to fight climate change

    ClientEarth lawyers have scored a major win in Poland, which puts the future of planned coal plant Ostrołęka C in question.

  • European Commission building

    EU Commission announces environmental legal action: our response

    EU Commission announces environmental legal action. ClientEarth lawyers react.

  • Image showing sunflowers

    Huge court win as we block Polish coal-fired power station

    The long-contested Polnoc coal-fired power plant in Poland will not be built, after a ruling from the Polish Supreme Administrative Court. 

  • coal plant in Germany by mine

    Germany – where coal still comes first

    It’s home to 69 huge coal plants, with another in the making. Hundreds of square kilometres of mines occupy the land, still expanding as coal companies continue to feed giant power plants.

  • Wind turbine in Patras, Greece

    The capacity mechanism Greece wants is a boon for fossil fuels

    The Greek government wants to introduce a costly new subsidy scheme that would give money to ageing coal plants, favouring them over cleaner energy sources.

  • Power grid

    UK’s Capacity Market is not fit for purpose

    We have written to the European Commission arguing that there is no proven need for the UK’s Capacity Market – and that as designed, it favours coal and gas power plants over cleaner technologies.

  • Brandenburg Gate, Germany

    Our draft law provides German coal phase out blueprint

    We have teamed up with Greenpeace Germany to launch a draft law which would provide a blueprint for Germany to phase out coal.  

  • szymon sutor conducts the lost seasons

    “The Lost Seasons”: musicians take on climate change in new Polish documentary

    Communicating climate change through electro? Two composers are finding new ways to shed light on the biggest global challenge.

  • Lloyd's of London sky

    Lawyers warn Lloyd’s over legal risks of underwriting contested Carmichael coal mine

    “The irony is that by enabling new coal projects, insurers are undermining their own viability. It is a stark case of climate hypocrisy.”

  • village coal plant belchatow

    ClientEarth lawyers launch court fight to block major new coal mine in Poland

    Approval for a huge new coal mine that would leave 3,000 people in search of new homes is being challenged by ClientEarth’s lawyers in Poland.

  • Glencore’s climate commitments welcome but company must now abandon aggressive lobbying

    ClientEarth calls on Glencore to halt lobbying against climate action following news that the major coal producer will not grow its coal capacity and align its business with the Paris Agreement.

  • nottinghamshire rapeseed field village

    UK energy transition continues with closure of 2GW coal plant in 2019

    ClientEarth energy experts say UK must come good on promise to introduce coal phase-out law to ensure fair deal for workers.

  • Image of plastic bottle caps

    2018: is the tide turning on plastic?

    2018 truly was the year the world started waking up to the dangers posed by plastic waste – here is ClientEarth’s guide to the year that turned the tide for action on plastic.

  • Open cast mine in North Rhine Westphalia, Germany

    Lawyers alert EU authorities as €1.6bn German carbon reduction scheme stalls

    ClientEarth have called on the European Commission to put Germany under scrutiny after it missed the legal deadline to report on whether its €1.6 billion ‘lignite reserve’ scheme was successfully cutting carbon.

  • smoke stack

    ClientEarth partners sue as toxic EU coal plant scores permission to pollute ‘indefinitely’

    If left unchallenged, this decision would expose thousands of people to levels of mercury and sulphur dioxide four times over the legal limit.

  • Drax Power Plant

    Lawyers reveal massive climate impact of new Drax gas plant

    ClientEarth has warned warned that, if approved, a new Drax gas plant would be responsible for as much as 75% of the emissions budget for the entire UK power sector.

  • Smoke rising from power plant at sunset

    EU’s General Court slaps down industry attempt to fight new pollution laws

    Victory for people’s health across Europe and another step towards a Europe beyond coal as Euracoal denied right to overturn tighter legal emission limits by EU’s General Court.

  • broad stretch of coal mine germany

    Experts call for German coal phase out law to avoid ‘legal shambles’

    “The German coal phase out is of major importance for global climate protection, but also for Germany’s future and its role in the world.”

  • lone standing tree poland

    Ostroleka C owners ‘on a financial tightrope’ ahead of capacity market auction

    ClientEarth has issued a further legal warning to Polish energy companies Enea and Energa as they prepare to bid for state subsidies for controversial coal power plant Ostrołęka C.

  • streetlight against background of houses

    ClientEarth reports Bulgarian capacity mechanism to European Commission

    As subsidies for fossil fuels come under increasing scrutiny in the EU, Bulgaria faces a legal challenge over its unwavering support to coal.

  • Power plant, Krakow, Poland

    New report: Poland’s energy future at a crossroads as it trails behind EU peers

    A new report by ClientEarth shows Poland is trailing behind other EU countries in phasing out fossil fuels in favour of renewable energy.

  • orange tractor against rural landscape

    Farmer turns to court to block new Bulgarian coal mine

    As COP24 kicks off, coal is on trial in the courts again – this time, in Bulgaria.