Today the High Court has declared that the Government’s Net Zero Strategy is unlawful, as it doesn’t explain how the targets will be met. The decision follows similar decisions in other countries and reflects a growing willingness to consider and rule on climate-change-related claims in court.
Today the High Court has declared that the Government’s Net Zero Strategy is unlawful, as it doesn’t explain how the targets will be met. The ruling follows similar decisions in other countries and reflects a growing willingness to consider and rule on climate-change related claims in court.
As the UK has just recorded its hottest day ever, we are reminded of the importance of tackling climate change. Whilst the decision is being seen by many environmentalists as a success, it is important to watch how the Government reacts to this. It is clear that unambiguous, quantified policies are required, especially in relation to reducing emissions from agriculture and domestic heating. However, the current economic issues are putting pressure on the Government to reduce costs for households, and it is not certain that politically the Government is prepared to make such strong commitments.
The Government now needs to decide whether to remake its Net Zero Strategy, or appeal to the Court of Appeal. These are uncertain times in relation to what the UK’s net zero policies will look like. How the new PM approaches this will is likely to be key to whether we meet our legal net zero obligations.
This was first published by IFA Magazine on 19 July.
Law firm Browne Jacobson has collaborated with Wiltshire Council and Christ Church Business School on the launch event of The Council Company Best Practice and Innovation Network, a platform which brings together academic experts and senior local authority leaders, allowing them to share best practice in relation to council companies.
In the Autumn Statement delivered on 17 November, rises to the National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage rates were announced, to take effect from 1 April 2023.