Fossil Fuels archive

  • 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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Expert view: What does the General Court ruling mean for Great Britain’s Capacity Market?

    The EU’s General Court has annulled the Commission’s State aid approval of the UK Capacity Market – this is a short analysis of the judgment.

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    New report highlights climate risk from burning trees for energy

    A new report from the UK’s Committee on Climate Change (CCC) recognises burning trees for energy can cause more greenhouse gas emissions than fossil fuels.

  • Cooling towers, Drax coal-fired power station, UK

    ClientEarth lodges objection to Drax gas plant on climate grounds

    ClientEarth has submitted a written objection to Drax Power’s plans to build four new gas turbines, on the grounds that it breaches the government’s planning and climate change recommendations.

  • coal projection power plant

    Bulgarian government conceals coal plant danger data from public, flouting court order

    Bulgaria is set to give its largest coal plant permission to flout new, tighter EU industrial pollution laws designed to protect people’s health.

  • Rovinari power plant, Romania

    Legal challenge targets Romanian ‘giant polluter’ power plant

    Greenpeace Romania, with the support of ClientEarth, has submitted a legal challenge against a lifetime permit granted to one of Romania’s oldest and largest coal power plants.

  • ostroleka bridge

    World-first climate risk case launched over major coal plant in Poland

    Company Enea will have to justify its decision to power ahead with the controversial project in court, as Poland feels the pressure before COP24.

  • Columns with sunset behind

    Sister power plants in Greece face court challenge for disregarding people and planet

    Environmental organisations are mounting a legal challenge against two Greek power plants for their failure to comply with EU, national and international laws.

  • spider mushroom pine branches

    Court rules against RWE, halting German forest clearance

    Environmental lawyers are calling for a ‘beyond coal’ policy as Hambach ruling sends RWE’s share price plummeting.

  • national assembly of bulgaria

    Campaigners challenge Bulgarian state over assault on access to justice

    New laws are part of an “alarming trend” towards the restriction of people’s environmental rights, say legal experts.

  • lakeside autumn trees Poland

    Major energy firms exposed to shareholder action over coal power plant Ostrołęka C

    Environmental lawyers ClientEarth have put the directors of Energa and Enea on notice of the increasing risk of legal action if they proceed with the project.

  • Car engine

    Car industry may have conspired to prevent people from breathing clean air

    European Commission opens investigation into whether BMW, Daimler and VW colluded to avoid competition on technology to clean car emissions.

  • Beach, Baltic Sea

    ClientEarth moves to block construction of Nord Stream 2 pipeline in Sweden

    ClientEarth has filed a complaint to Sweden’s Supreme Administrative Court to halt the construction of a 510 kilometre-long section of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in Swedish waters.