EU court dismisses Austrian challenge to UK Hinkley nuclear subsidies

It ruled the government’s contribution to the new nuclear plant in Somerset does not violate EU rules

EU refers Spain to court over waste management failings

The nation had to establish the necessary plans to cover its whole territory by December 2010 and evaluate and revise them at least every six years

EU takes UK to court over illegal air pollution levels

France, Germany, Hungary, Italy and Romania have also been referred to court for breaching air quality levels

Scottish Government’s fracking ban not a ban?

INOES Shale has accused the government of taking an ‘Alice-in-Wonderland’ approach to fracking, warning confusion over the ban could affect jobs and investment

Croatia referred to EU court over industrial waste failure

The European Commission said the waste should have been managed by the end of 2015 at the latest but there has been no progress

German court rules cities can ban diesel cars

A court in Germany has ruled cities will be allowed to ban older diesel vehicles to cut air pollution. The Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig made the landmark ruling for the cities of Stuttgart and Düsseldorf to ban more polluting vehicles. The government had opposed the ban, arguing it would cause disruption but environmental group […]

Greenpeace appeals after losing Norwegian Arctic oil drilling lawsuit

Greenpeace has launched an appeal after an Oslo court rejected its bid to block oil drilling in the Arctic. The environmental group had argued that Norway’s oil and gas exploration in the Arctic violates people’s right to a clean environment. However, the court said a licensing round in 2015 that awarded offshore exploration rights to […]

Malta, Romania referred to court over alternative fuels infrastructure

The European Commission has referred Malta and Romania to the Court of Justice for failing to notify their national policy frameworks on alternative fuels infrastructure. Member States were required to notify their frameworks to the Commission by 18th November 2016 but the two nations have failed to do so. The frameworks are the main instrument […]

Ireland could face €1.68m fine over wind farm

Ireland is being taken back to the EU Court of Justice for not properly carrying out an environmental impact assessment for a wind farm. The European Commission is also requesting the Court to impose a minimum lump sum payment of €1.68 million (£1.47m) and a daily penalty of €12,264 (€10,738) if full compliance is not […]

New legal action against UK’s air pollution plan

ClientEarth has launched fresh legal action against the UK Government’s plans to tackle air pollution. It is the third time the environmental law firm is formally challenging the government “over its persistent failure” to deal with illegal levels of air quality across the country. The environmental lawyers won both cases against ministers previously. ClientEarth’s grounds […]