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Court order: Emissions cuts force Britain to rethink climate strategy

Court order: Emissions cuts force Britain to rethink climate strategy

Emissions reduction targets have won a battle between environmentalists on one side and the British government on the other, and a court ruling released this week forced the government to rethink its climate strategy.

The decision by the British Supreme Court was based on the government’s failure to include emissions-related targets in its 2030 climate strategy, as published by energy magazine PV Magazine.pv magazineToday, Wednesday, July 20.

As seen by the Special Energy Platform, the judicial ruling also acknowledged that the strategy does not assess the extent of the impact of individual policies on its goals, which hampers parliamentary scrutiny of government and energy ministry policies. .

Court judgment details

UK Supreme Court ruling – The UK government’s carbon-neutral strategy said there were no quantitative estimates of individual policy contributions to reducing emissions.

Part of Britain’s climate activist protests against fossil fuels (Photo: Doomsday Rebellion)

In addition, the quantitative analysis of the strategy did not show the level of reductions required under the Carbon Six (CP6) budget for emissions in the UK between 2033 and 2037, the judgment said.

Al-Qadi insisted that the British Department of Trade and Energy had not taken into account the quantitative impact of individual policies on reducing emissions – in its climate strategy. Required by the Climate Change Act enacted in 2008.

He said the defendants (the British government and the Department of Business and Energy) had breached their obligations under section 13 of the Climate Change Act 2008 to estimate the extent of emissions reductions.

He asserted that the UK’s carbon-neutral strategy lacks a conscious and adequate assessment of emission reduction mechanisms, which would enable Parliament to closely monitor the performance of the ministry, and that it does not enjoy clear transparency for citizens who follow the government’s performance. .

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A historic verdict

Environmental justice lawyer Katie de Cavi described the UK High Court ruling as historic and a major victory for climate trends.

Kavi saw the rule as an honor. Because revising targets and measures to reduce carbon emissions comes at the same time in the interest of environmentalists and government programs.

He stressed that the importance of the ruling was due to protecting climate targets alongside reducing the cost of living for British households.

Saffron added that the ruling to focus on emissions reduction targets in the government’s 2030 climate strategy meant there were “canines” in climate change legislation and that non-compliance with the government’s legal obligations could be resolved through litigation.

Immediate action

The court ruling not only criticized the performance of the British government and the Department of Business and Energy in preparing the country’s 2030 climate strategy, but also forced the department to review the strategy and make subtle changes to it.

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Activists celebrate in front of the court following the verdict – Photo (TWinFM)

In its judgement, the court clarified that the necessary revision of the strategy should clearly include quantitative analysis of individual policies and the deadline for completing these steps ends with March next year (2023).

The court rejected the Ministry of Commerce and Energy’s request to appeal against its decision and ordered it to pay the full costs of the case.

Notably, environmentalists continued to make their case for the government and the ministry to abandon the target of reducing emissions by 78% by 2035 compared to 1990 levels to reconsider the climate strategy.

Four environmental and law firms involved in climate issues had filed a case at the Royal Court against the relevant ministry, and the case was heard last June before a judgment was handed down this week.

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