UK Climate Change Act archive

  • Lawyers put local authorities on notice over climate inaction

    Lawyers from ClientEarth are putting 100 local authorities across England on notice, warning them that they will violate their legal obligations and risk legal challenge if they do not introduce proper climate change plans.

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    Real action now needed to back UK’s net zero goal

    The UK government must now show leadership akin to the international space race to ensure real action backs new net zero laws addressing climate change, say environmental lawyers.

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    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.

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    Clock is ticking for UK to prove its commitment to carbon targets

    The Committee on Climate Change’s latest report is clear that we are not on course to meet our carbon targets. The government must do more.

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    Climate change concerns lead to rejection of Druridge Bay coal mine

    Plans for a huge opencast coal mine at Druridge Bay were today formally rejected by Communities Secretary Sajid Javid, on the basis that the environmental impact would be too significant.

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    UK carbon reductions plan is not enough, advisors warn

    The UK government must do more, faster, to meet its legally binding carbon reduction targets, according to the latest report from its advisors.

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    Clean Growth Strategy fails to resolve UK Government breach of Climate Change Act

    The government’s new Clean Growth Strategy fails to put us on track to meet legally binding emissions targets.

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    Seven things we learned from the UK Climate Change Risk Assessment

    Flooding, overheating and risks to our food production and supply are some of the biggest threats that face the UK from climate change.

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    Investors need clarity on UK low carbon strategy

    A new report from institutional investors calls for greater clarity and vision from the UK government on its low carbon strategy. ClientEarth agrees.

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    Is June the new timeline for delayed UK emissions reduction plan?

    The government’s new Emissions Reduction Plan is overdue, and getting more overdue by the month. Today’s news suggests we could be waiting until June.

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    Our work on the Climate Change Act

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    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.

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    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.

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    “No reason for delay” on net zero UK emissions goal say environmental lawyers

    As the Paris Agreement comes into force, the UK must set its sights on net zero emissions.

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    Analysis: Don’t forget – we still need a net zero emissions target in UK law

    Climate lawyer Jonathan Church on why UK leaders must enshrine the promised net zero emissions target in law.

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    Government wants to get emissions plan ‘right’. Here’s what’s needed

    ClientEarth recommends what the UK Government should do in the new emissions reduction plan, after their response to the CCC today

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    What is the Climate Change Act?

    The Climate Change Act sets legally binding targets to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the UK by at least 80% by 2050.

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    UK Climate Change Act isn’t working and must be revived

    The UK’s pioneering Climate Change Act (CCA) isn’t working and robust policies to meet the fourth and fifth carbon budgets must be brought forward urgently.

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    Javid must veto plans for UK’s largest coalmine

    Northumberland County Council planned to approve a new coalmine – the UK’s largest – at Druridge Bay. The government has weighed in on the decision.

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    Three ways Nick Hurd can fight climate change

    The new climate change and industry minister must take action to put the UK back on the path to being a world leader on tackling emissions, as it was when it passed the world’s first Climate Change Act.

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    Fifth carbon budget made law – now we need action

    The fifth carbon budget has just been made law, committing the UK to limiting its annual emissions between 2028 and 2032 to an average of 57% below 1990 levels.

  • Time for May to lay down the environmental law

    As Theresa May settles into number 10, we urge her to keep the environment in her cross-hairs – DECC or no DECC.

  • Cutting carbon: Keeping on track after the referendum

    The UK has just set its fifth carbon budget, keeping on track to meet its climate commitments – just.

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    Government refuses to fix UK climate law’s fatal flaw

    A chance to make net zero emissions possible in real terms – but the UK government didn’t take it.