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Expert Witness : Environment

Jackson LJ responds to Aarhus consultation

Lord Justice Jackson has recommended a fixed costs regime to ensure the government fulfils its duty in environmental judicial review cases. These cases are often complex and a forum for expert witnesses propounding both sides of the argument.

The Ministry of Justice launched a consultation last year to ask how to comply with the UK’s international obligations as part of the UN Aarhus Convention. The multilateral agreement requires parties to guarantee access to justice and ensure the public can challenge decisions.

Last Updated on Monday, 27 February 2012 19:14


Ministers admit pollution breach

 expert witness polutionThe government has admitted breaching European Union pollution legislation, during a High Court battle with environmental campaign group. Lawyers for Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman made the admission following action by ClientEarth.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 January 2012 13:52


UK Government could face legal action from European Commission over FiT cut



The European Commission has confirmed that the UK could face legal action over its plans to more than halve subsidies for solar on December 12.

Jean Lambert, Green MEP for London, submitted a Priority Question to the commission, who confirmed that legal proceedings will be taken if the current proposals significantly impact the UK’s progress toward the binding EU target on renewable energy.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 December 2011 14:06


Pressure needed on carbon targets


Climate change commitment

The Government must come up with new policies to drive the step change needed to cut carbon emissions, David Kennedy, the CEO of the Climate Change Committee [1] will tell members of the UK Environmental Law Association (UKELA) this Thursday (December 1st).

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 December 2011 11:45


Study shows significant reductions in CO2 emissions from ships from IMO measures


An IMO-commissioned study into the impact of mandatory energy efficiency measures for international shipping shows that implementation of the measures will lead to significant reductions of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships, specifically reductions of carbon dioxide (CO2), resulting from enhanced fuel efficiency.

The study found that, by 2020, an average of 151.5 million tonnes of annual CO2 reductions are estimated from the introduction of the measures, a figure that by 2030, will increase to an average of 330 million tonnes annually. CO2 reduction measures will result in a significant reduction in fuel consumption, leading to a significant saving in fuel costs to the shipping industry

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 December 2011 10:50