Government sued over ‘pie-in-the-sky’ climate strategy

ClientEarth is taking the Government to court over what it calls its ‘inadequate net-zero strategy’, arguing that its failure to set out credible policies to tackle climate change is unlawful.

The environmental law charity says the Government has breached its legal obligations under the Climate Change Act to demonstrate its policies will reduce emissions enough to meet the legally binding carbon budgets.

The Government has been clear that it believes that technologies will advance, allowing it to utilise these to reduce carbon in future year, ClientEarth believe that such technologies cannot be guaranteed and therefore should not be relied upon., calling them not credible.

ClientEarth senior lawyer Sam Hunter Jones said: “The Government claims that those producing pollution should bear the cost of managing it. But its pie-in-the-sky approach to net-zero pushes that risk onto young people and future generations who stand to be hit hardest by the climate crisis.”

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