Fossil Fuels archive

  • 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.

  • 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.

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    We’re taking action as public money used to evict people for coal in Romania

    Our lawyers and Bankwatch Romania have submitted a complaint to the European Commission after the Romanian government funded evictions of homeowners by a coal company.

  • Three beige towers of a power plant

    The end of Poland’s last new coal plant?

    Major Polish energy firms Enea and Energa have announced they will suspend funding to, and construction of, the country’s last planned new coal plant, Ostroleka C, over economic concerns.

  • Example fossil fuel ads with warning following ClientEarth complaint against BP.

    BP pulls advertising campaign just months after our legal complaint

    During BP’s net-zero announcement, new CEO Bernard Looney announced that BP will “stop corporate reputation advertising” and that the current Possibilities Everywhere ad campaign will end and not be replaced.

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    Drax legal case: We’re taking the UK government to court over Europe’s largest gas plant

    We’ve launched a High Court challenge against the UK government for its decision to approve plans for Europe’s largest gas plant.

  • BP Oil Rig

    Our OECD complaint against BP explained

    In a world-first our lawyers have submitted a complaint of over 100-pages to the UK National Contact Point for the OECD against oil and gas giant BP. Read the details.

  • Example fossil fuel ads with warning following ClientEarth complaint against BP.

    ClientEarth launches complaint against BP’s climate greenwashing adverts

    ClientEarth has made a world-first complaint against BP, claiming the oil giant’s latest advertising campaign is misleading consumers about its focus on low carbon energy.

  • The European Investment Bank

    Major step forward: European Investment Bank to stop funding fossil fuel projects

    Tomorrow, the Board of the European Investment Bank will vote on a ground-breaking policy to stop funding fossil fuel projects. We’ll be updating this post with the decision and our reaction.

  • 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.

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    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.

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    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.