Sadiq Khan to join London councils’ legal action against Heathrow expansion

He says the proposed plans for a third runway will have “significant environmental and noise impacts”

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 […]

Commonwealth Bank sued by shareholders over climate change risks

Two shareholders have launched legal action against the Commonwealth Bank of Australia for allegedly failing to “adequately disclose” climate change risks. The claim has been filed today in the Federal Court by Environmental Justice Australia on behalf of Guy and Kim Abrahams. The case is said to be the world’s first launched by shareholders to […]

Finnish utility takes legal action against French nuclear giant Areva

Finnish utility Teollisuuden Voima (TVO) has launched legal action against French state-controlled nuclear giant Areva. The Finish firm wants assurance of no further delays at its Olkiluoto 3 (OL3) EPR nuclear reactor in Finland. The project has faced numerous delays and is therefore behind its original schedule but TVO wants to ensure it is ready […]

Brussels and Prague face lawsuits over air pollution

Brussels and Prague are the latest cities facing legal challenges to tackle the pollution crisis. ClientEarth has launched legal action against the two cities for allegedly breaching EU air pollution laws. The cases aim to oblige governments to take robust measures “to bring pollution within legal limits as soon as possible”. The Brussels case is […]

London mayor joins air pollution case against government

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has joined a high court case against the UK Government over air pollution. He has filed legal documents to the High Court of Justice and will now be able to submit a witness statement as well as evidence to the court. Environmental lawyers ClientEarth launched a legal challenge against the […]

Community energy groups threaten Treasury with legal action

Community energy groups plan to take legal action against the Treasury following its “unexpected” announcement to axe tax relief for the sector. Community Energy England (CEE) served the Treasury with a ‘Letter before Action’ yesterday – the first step towards launching a judicial review. It comes as the Treasury proposed to exclude community energy schemes […]

UK Government risks facing legal action over renewables

The UK Government will face a legal challenge if it fails to put in place a “credible plan” for meeting renewable targets, Friends of the Earth has warned. The environmental group will send a “formal letter” to Energy Secretary Amber Rudd this week expressing its concerns. A spokesperson told ELN it will take action depending […]

Solar firms sue government – again

The Government is facing legal action yet again from a host of solar energy companies for changing subsidies. Four firms – Solarcentury, Lark Energy, TGC Renewables and Orta Solar Farms – are challenging the decision to end the Renewables Obligation (RO) in nine months’ time, two years ahead of schedule. They believe the sudden withdrawal […]

EU Commission launches legal action against UK air quality

The European Commission has launched legal proceedings against the UK for failing to tackle air pollution. It said the UK has not been able to cut “excessive levels” of nitrogen dioxide, which is a toxic gas that stems from traffic fumes. The Supreme Court previously declared that air pollution limits were “regularly exceeded” in 16 […]