UK government sued by ClientEarth and Friends of the Earth…

uk-government-sued-by-clientearth-and-friends-of-the-earth…

UK government sued by ClientEarth and Friends of the Earth…

UK government sued by ClientEarth and Friends of the Earth over ‘pie-in-the-sky’ net-zero climate strategy
2022-01-14 08:57:00
ClientEarth and Friends of the Earth say the UK government’s “net zero climate strategy” (published in October 2021) fails to include policies needed to ensure the necessary emissions cuts.  Court papers filed on 12th January by the two organisations also say the failure to meet legal carbon budgets would contravene the Human Rights Act by impacting on young people’s right to life and family life.  The strategy pushes the risks and duty to take action onto young people and future generations, who stand to be hit far harder than people today by the climate crisis.  Instead of realistic, effective means of cutting the carbon emissions, the strategy relies on speculative technologies such as zero-carbon aviation fuels and extracting CO2 directly from the air and burying it.  Both CE and FoE argue that the Climate Change Act requires ministers to set out policies to meet carbon budgets “as soon as reasonably practicable” after they have been set. There are no practical plans to cut aviation demand, or to effectively reduce the emissions from aviation, for decades. After the submission of the government’s defence, the high court will decide whether to grant full hearings of the cases. .Tweet UK government sued over ‘pie-in-the-sky’ net-zero climate strategy ClientEarth and Friends of the Earth say strategy fails to include policies needed to ensure emissions cuts By Damian Carrington  – Environment editor (The Guardian)  @dpcarrington Wed 12 Jan 2022 The UK government is being sued over its net zero climate strategy, which lawyers argue illegally fails to include the policies needed to deliver the promised cuts in emissions. Court papers were filed on Wednesday by ClientEarth (CE) and, separately, by Friends of the Earth (FoE). CE also claims the failure to meet legal carbon budgets would contravene the Human Rights Act by impacting on young people’s right to life and family life. The net zero strategy was published in October and included commitments to end the sales of new fossil fuel cars by 2030 and gas boilers by 2035. But it did not spell out how the strategy would be delivered or specify the cuts in emission

Read More


Share this post