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We have a date in court with the Government to demand honesty about net zero

6th October 2023

The Government is withholding vital information from the public about its net zero plans. We’re now going to the High Court in February with Friends of the Earth and ClientEarth to demand transparency.

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Rishi Sunak and the Net Zero Secretary, Claire Coutinho have declared they want a more honest conversation about how we tackle the climate emergency. But we are seeing the opposite. 

Instead of being transparent, the Government is refusing to let the public and Parliament see its own assessments of whether the policies it’s come up with will actually achieve our net zero targets.

During our legal action so far, we have forced the Government to confirm the existence of these assessments – known as the ‘risk tables’ – but it is refusing to publish them. 

It’s vital that we can see and scrutinise these risk tables. Because without that it’s impossible to tell whether the policies are effective or not.

Even before Rishi Sunak’s recent rowing back on green pledges, we knew the Government’s current roadmap was unlikely to get us to net zero by 2050. And with Sunak’s latest rowback we are drifting yet further away from meeting our legally-binding climate duties.

We are now going to court to find out just what Ministers are trying to hide. This is part of a joint legal challenge with Friends of the Earth and ClientEarth against the Government over its latest inadequate and unlawful net zero plan

The hearing will be heard over three days from 20th February next year.

And we’re keeping the pressure up. We’ve also recently written to the Government demanding answers on just how Ministers expect to hit net zero when key climate policies are being watered down. 

Any donation, whether big or small, will help us to hold our Government to account over net zero and fight for our planet. You can support our legal challenge here.

Case

This article is part of our Net Zero II: We are taking the Government back to court case

Good Law Project is taking legal action with Friends of the Earth and ClientEarth for the second time to ensure the Government tackles the climate crisis.

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