Net Zero: Legal challenge to governments ‘threadbare strategy’

9th March 2022 / United Kingdom
Net Zero: Legal challenge to governments' 'threadbare strategy'

By Media Partner The Good Law Project: We have good news in our legal challenge against the Government’s dangerously threadbare Net Zero strategy: we have been given permission to bring judicial review proceedings on all of our grounds.

We launched our case a month ago to force the Government to strengthen the Net Zero strategy. Currently, the commitment is paper thin. It’s strong on rhetoric, but lacking any real pathway to ensure we meet the promise made by Parliament to our children that we will reduce greenhouse gases to Net Zero by 2050. The Government isn’t measuring the emissions reductions each initiative is meant to achieve and has refused to release the documents that set out these calculations.

We launched this case in the High Court alongside our friends at ClientEarth and Friends of the Earth. The High Court has decided that all three cases will be heard together and there is no reservation about anyone’s legal ‘standing’.

We are delighted that the High Court has, by giving permission to bring a judicial review, acknowledged how important it is that the Net Zero commitment in the Climate Change Act has real meaning. A report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change earlier this week said that humans and nature are already being pushed beyond their abilities to adapt. And there is only a brief window of time left to avoid the very worst.

The time to act is now. We will let you know when a court date is set.


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