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Case update 07 September 2021

NEW: A rare and vital win for the future of our planet

We’ve won. Government has today announced its new policy for the future of energy production in the UK following our legal challenge last year. We are pleased to say that the proposed new policy is better for our planet, for our children and for our grandchildren. 

Coal and oil-fired generation are out. Gas is being phased out. 

Fewer fossil fuel projects will now be rubber-stamped. 

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It’s not perfect yet. And we know more can and must be done. For example, there is scope for Government to be pushed yet further on the timetable for phasing out gas in the public consultation. But in terms of using the law as a tool for social change, this is a win of real substance. 

Thanks to the support of hundreds of you, we’ve proven Government can be made to take the right steps to tackle the impending climate catastrophe and protect our children’s futures. It’s never too late. 

Since forcing Government to review the Energy National Policy Statement we have turned our attention to the out of date and polluting Airports National Policy Statement. Government has announced it won’t review that NPS and we think it needs to do so to meet its NetZero by 2050 obligation in the Climate Change Act. We’ve assembled a strong team to work on the case – and we will deploy the same legal arguments as we did on the Energy NPS. We hope they will achieve the same result. 

As COP26 draws closer, we’re challenging Government to prove to people, both here and around the world, that it means what it says on climate change.

If you are in a position to do so you can support the legal challenge here. Thank you so much for your backing to date. We couldn’t do it without you.

We are grateful too, to our co-claimants Dale Vince and George Monbiot, without whom this challenge would not have been possible. 

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