Judicial review of Net Zero strategy upheld in parts
In R. (on the application of Friends of the Earth Ltd) v Secretary of State for the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the claimant applied for judicial review of the Secretary’s decisions to approve pro-posals and policies prepared under the Climate Change Act 2008, and to publish the government’s Net Zero Strategy to comply with his obligations.The 2008 Act established a framework for the government to meet its net-zero target, and obliged the Secretary to ensure that the 2050 net UK carbon account was at least 100% lower than the 1990 basel
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A landfill site in Glasgow has been served with a civil penalty fine of £6,200 following a breach of its environmental permit which resulted in the release of odours that affected local communities over a period of eight days in June 2021 and saw 138 complaints.
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