Government defeated in High Court over climate plans

The government has been defeated in court – for a second time – for not doing enough to meet its targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

The legal challenge was brought by environmental groups Friends of the Earth, ClientEarth and The Good Law Project. Tony Bosworth, lead campaigner at Friends of the Earth, said it was “an embarrassing day for the government”. Speaking outside the court to BBC News, he said: “What we now need to see is a climate plan which is robust, which is comprehensive and which is fair, which makes sure we meet all our climate targets, and which does that in a way which doesn’t leave anybody behind.”

In response the government defended its record on climate action. A Department for Energy Security and Net Zero spokesperson said: “The UK can be hugely proud of its record on climate change. We do not believe a court case about process represents the best way of driving progress towards our shared goal of reaching net zero.”

In his judgement, Mr Justice Sheldon said: “It is not possible to ascertain from the materials presented to the Secretary of State which of the proposals and policies would not be delivered at all, or in full.” Later on Friday, the judge is expected to provide a deadline for reviewing the plan.

Read the full article by BBC News here.

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