Renewable Energy archive

  • 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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    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.

  • Sun rays through a forest

    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.

  • Lighthouse waves seawall

    British public supports urgent action and litigation on climate change – poll reveals

    A groundbreaking new ClientEarth opinion poll reveals that the British public wants urgent action on climate change.

  • Wind turbines, Vejer de la Frontera, Spain

    EU negotiators to decide fate of citizens’ role in renewable energy transition

    EU negotiators begin talks on reforming the EU’s electricity market design rules. The outcome will determine if the EU realises its goal of putting energy citizens at the heart of the Energy Union.

  • Solar panels

    EU fails to strive for an ambitious renewable energy future

    EU decision makers agreed on a disappointingly low overall renewable target for 2030 of 32%. It now remains to be seen what measures will be put in place to ensure that EU countries meet this target.

  • Wind turbines, Greece

    Report: More investment needed to secure renewable energy future

    This year’s REN21’s Renewables 2018 Global Status Report reveals the transition to renewable energy is possible, but advances so far are uneven across sectors.

  • tree tops in front of hazy forest

    EU must strip large-scale wood-burning of ‘carbon-neutral’ status

    Biomass power plants put the EU’s ability to meet climate goals in jeopardy but they’re lauded as a panacea for cutting carbon. EU renewable energy policy needs to stop legitimising subsidies for biomass.

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    ENEL gives mixed climate messages at AGM

    Energy giant ENEL’s conflicting climate policies have come under fire at its AGM but the group is still refusing to give investors any certainty about the future, despite the rapid decline of coal in Europe.

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    No more coal, no new gas – it’s vital the UK government invests in our clean future

    Countries have crucial decisions to make about their energy mix beyond the coal era. In the UK, there is no need for new gas – so what comes next?

  • electricity pylons against purple red sunset

    EU green light to Polish capacity market is a reminder the rules need updating

    Lawyers point out fundamental flaws in EU rules that mean it can approve ‘badly disguised coal subsidies’.

  • blue red sunset arctic ice floes

    Climate dominates economic leaders’ 2018 risk list

    Three out of the top five official risks to the global economy in 2018 stem from the changing climate. Financiers need a plan.

  • Image shows electricity pylons at sunset

    UK renewables investment plunges

    Investment in renewable energy production in the UK has dropped dramatically for a second consecutive year. The government must improve the legal framework for renewables.

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    We must make sure UK coal phaseout does not mean gas lock-in

    UK Government’s coal phaseout plans risk seeing natural gas rush to fill coal’s shoes.

  • Coal plant, Finland

    ClientEarth joins ranks of international anti-coal movement

    Europe Beyond Coal, launched today, links organisations across 28 countries in the campaign for clean, renewable energy all over the EU.

  • turbine against autumn treeline

    Wind and solar will be cheaper than burning wood for power by 2020 – report

    Environmental lawyers ClientEarth are calling for an end to subsidies to wood-burning facilities like Drax.

  • nuclear power colourful lights

    New report proves there should be “no more new nuclear” in UK

    A report from the National Audit Office shows the extent of bad decision-making that enabled the Hinkley Point C nuclear deal.

  • tree silhouette power line

    Prepare the grid for new energy era, say lawyers, as UK sees longest coal-free stint yet

    Coal-free days like today should prompt the government to make the grid ready for a different, cleaner energy mix.

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    UK Government challenged over emissions reduction plan as pressure to publish mounts

    ClientEarth has challenged the UK government over its continuing delay on publishing a new emissions reduction plan.

  • UK coal use drops 50 percent – but government risks gas lock-in

    New figures for the UK show coal use dropping, but the UK is also undergoing the biggest coal-to-gas switch in Europe, which could set a dangerous precedent.

  • photo of powerlines to illustrate story about Fresh concerns over how new Emissions Reduction Plan will be managed

    Fresh concern over emissions reduction plan as government ducks more robust reporting

    Under the UK Climate Change Act, the government is soon to release its latest five-yearly plan for cutting emissions. But for it to work, government must regularly appraise its progress.

  • Offshore windfarm to illustrate story saying Government noise on delayed climate plan leaves questions unanswered

    Government noises on delayed climate plan leave questions unanswered

    The UK is still waiting for its next carbon-cutting plan. Government has so far failed to reassure.

  • Electrician fixing power lines to illustrate story saying EU energy package disappoints with weak laws and strong industry influence

    EU energy package disappoints with weak laws and strong industry influence

    This mammoth package of laws lets industry wield unprecedented influence over the EU’s energy future.

  • hot air balloom for story saying CETA is not gold standard of trade deals

    CETA’s environment promises are little more than hot air – new analysis

    Toothless, unenforceable environment rules and a tribunal system which will prioritise corporate interests undermine claims that the EU-Canada trade agreement is a ‘gold standard’ of trade deals to benefit people and the planet.