Climate Change in UK Law

Leading Cases
  • Griffin (Anne Marie) (R) v London Borough of Newham
    • Queen's Bench Division (Administrative Court)
    • 20 January 2011

    When making his announcement on 15 January 2009, the Secretary of State expressly requested CCC's advice as to policy. It was not for the Council to work out a new policy in the meantime. The Council would, in my judgment, have been wrong to do so. The important questions which arise call for national guidance and not speculation by a local planning authority as to the effect of a target announced for 2050.

  • R (on the application of Plan B Earth) v Secretary of State for Transport
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 27 February 2020

    The authority must be free to form a reasonable view of its own on the nature and amount of information required, with the specified considerations in mind. This, in our view, indicates a conventional “Wednesbury” standard of review – as adopted, for example, in Blewett. A standard more intense than that would risk the court being invited, in effect, to substitute its own view on the nature and amount of information included in environmental reports for that of the decision-maker itself.

  • R (on the application of Christopher Packham) v Secretary of State for Transport
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 31 July 2020

    The Committee on Climate Change, whose function, in part, is to provide advice to the Government on climate change mitigation and adaptation (section 38(1)), is required to report annually to Parliament on the progress made towards meeting the carbon budgets (section 36), and the Secretary of State is required to respond (section 37).

    In October 2017, the Secretary of State published the Clean Growth Strategy, setting out the Government's policies and proposals for decarbonising the national economy, fixing policy milestones as far as 2032, describing “illustrative pathways” for spreading decarbonisation throughout the economy, but allowing the Government to respond to changes in technology in those 15 years. The Clean Growth Strategy does not prescribe one particular “pathway” in the period to 2050.

  • R (London Borough of Hillingdon) v Secretary of State for the Home Department
    • Queen's Bench Division (Administrative Court)
    • 20 April 2010

    It is a trite proposition in administrative law that no policy can be set in stone. It must be open to reconsideration in the light of changing circumstances. This position had been acknowledged in the 2003 ATWP itself, which had recognised the need for periodical review and consultation to take account of changing circumstances.

    Similarly, failure to take account of material considerations is unlikely to justify intervention by the court if it can be remedied at a later stage. It would be different if the failure related to what I described in argument as a “show-stopper”: that is a policy or factual consideration which makes the proposal so obviously unacceptable that the only rational course would be to abort it altogether without further ado.

  • Friends of the Earth Ltd and Another v North Yorkshire County Council Third Energy Uk Gas Ltd (Interested Party)
    • Queen's Bench Division (Administrative Court)
    • 20 December 2016

    The application for planning permission did not include any development at Knapton. Paragraph 122 of the National Planning Policy Framework ("NPPF") advises planning authorities that they should focus on whether the development is an acceptable use of land, rather than on control of processes or emissions where these are subject to approval under pollution control regimes, and it should be assumed that those regimes will operate effectively.

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Legislation
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Books & Journal Articles
  • Climate Change Law
    • Nbr. 20-4, December 2011
    • Social & Legal Studies
    This article considers how climate change law, global politics, and governance structures facilitate and sustain economic and social insecurity. Climate change itself targets existing environmental...
  • DELIBERATIVE DEMOCRACY AND CLIMATE CHANGE
    • Nbr. 92-4, December 2014
    • Public Administration
  • Could climate change precipitate peace?
    • Nbr. 49-1, January 2012
    • Journal of Peace Research
    Growing interest in the social consequences of climate change has fueled speculation that global warming could lead to an increase in various forms of political violence. This article examines the ...
  • Climate Change and Nuclear Energy
    • Nbr. 15-5, August 2001
    • International Relations
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Forms
  • Chapter CH10400
    • HMRC Guidance manuals
    • Formularios de Derecho Civil, Mercantil y Registral
    • HM Revenue & Customs
    ...... a taxable person for VAT, aggregates levy, climate change levy or landfill tax purposes, see below. the representative ......
  • Chapter CH53150
    • HMRC Guidance manuals
    • Formularios de Derecho Civil, Mercantil y Registral
    ...... insurance premium tax, aggregates levy, climate change levy and landfill tax assessments, see CH51920 . insurance ......
  • Chapter CH52100
    • HMRC Guidance manuals
    • Formularios de Derecho Civil, Mercantil y Registral
    ...... insurance premium tax, aggregates levy, climate change levy and landfill tax assessments, see CH51920. insurance premium ......
  • Chapter DMBM537410
    • HMRC Guidance manuals
    • Formularios de Derecho Civil, Mercantil y Registral
    .... . . Climate Change Levy (CCL) is one of the environmental taxes. It is under the ......
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