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UK High Court Finds Gov Climate Strategy ‘Unlawful’

As the country enters its third week of major heatwaves, it is held the UK Government has breached the Climate Change Act.

Despite all warning signs of a major climate crisis currently being displayed by the country, a historic High Court ruling has held that UK government’s ‘Net Zero’ climate strategy is ‘unlawful’.  

Three challenges were brought by ClientEarth, Friends of the Earth, Good Law Project and environmental campaigner Jo Wheatley, and heard together at the Royal Courts of Justice in June.

The ruling has been dubbed as a ‘landmark’ case.

Mr Justice Holgate found that the Net Zero Strategy to ‘de-carbon’ the economy, does not meet obligations under the Climate Change Act to produce detailed climate policies that show how the UK’s legally-binding carbon budgets will be met, and that Parliament and the public were kept in the dark about a shortfall in meeting key targets.  

The government will now have to update its climate strategy to include a quantified account of how its policies will achieve climate targets.

Read the full judgement here.

Posted by Claire Edwards 10 August 2022

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