UK Government taken to court over Net-Zero Strategy
UK Government is being taken to court by Friends of the Earth and ClientEarth over its Net-Zero Strategy, as groups claim plans will not meet legally binding climate targets.
The UK Government is being taken to court by Friends of the Earth and ClientEarth over its Net-Zero Strategy, as groups claim the plans will not meet legally binding climate targets.
Friends of the Earth has announced that it is filing papers for a Judicial Review at the High Court over the Net-Zero Strategy, which was published in October 2021.
Friends of the Earth has said it will argue that the Strategy does not comply with the UK’s 2008 Climate Change Act.
ClientEarth is also, separately, filing papers arguing that the Net-Zero Strategy breaches the 2008 Climate Change Act, and the Human Rights Act 1998, stating climate change will undermine the fundamental rights of young people in the future.
“It’s not enough for the UK Government simply to have a net zero strategy, it needs to include real-world policies that ensure it succeeds.”ClientEarth’s senior lawyer Sam Hunter Jones.
They have also criticised the Government’s plans for notably lacking a list of time-bound, sector-specific percentage goals for cutting emissions, within the Net Zero Strategy and the Heat and Buildings Strategy.
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