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COP26 – A Reflection

We are reaching the end of COP26, and there are signs of some kind of a deal – whether or not the agreement converts to action remains to be seen. I was very fortunate to have been selected by the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (“BIICL”) to attend…

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Thoughts on COP26

Here we are less than a week away from the big event in Glasgow and, to me at least, the signs are not looking great.  Expectations for this event were always likely to exceed the outcome.  The Paris Agreement was essentially about optimism and rhetoric at no cost, whereas CoP26…

Posted in Energy Renewables

COP26: Shaping Energy Policy

The decisions made at the forthcoming COP26 will shape energy policy in the decades to come. This is particularly so if targets are set to accelerate the move to net zero and renewables, along with the phase-out of the coal-fired power generation. In anticipation of the discussion beginning at COP26…

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Juan Lopez’s address to UKELA East members and guests on BEIS’ current consultation

Juan Lopez addressed UKELA East members and guests on 13 October, speaking on BEIS’ current consultation: Review of Energy National Policy Statements, in prelude to the widely anticipated Energy session at COP26, timetabled for 4th November. Juan’s slides may be found here. Juan Lopez

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Remedies where giving effect to a legitimate expectation would be ultra vires: drawing inspiration from a recent renewable energy judicial review

The unusually detailed permission decision of Fordham J in R (Woodboilers LLP) v Gas and Electricity Markets Authority [2020] EWHC 1578 (Admin) – a challenge by a renewable energy company to the decision by the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority (“Ofgem”) to cease making subsidy payments under a statutory scheme…

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Is it time to re-set the clock?

Our planet, we are told, is on a precipice, our climate pretty freaky by anyone’s standards, with undoubtedly worse to come, yet the pressures for development or to increase farming and production is never ending. Despite these pressures, famine ranges across nearly two thirds of our planet, the majority of…

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Climate Change and the Role of the Law

Stephen Tromans QC’s article begins with a statement; “We all know what is needed ….to avert the climate change catastrophe…”. There is no cautioning about the need for more scientific research or analysis, to establish whether climate change is occurring and if so, what is causing it. His statement reflects…

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Net Zero and the Rule of Law

We all now know what is needed in terms of greenhouse gas emissions reductions in order to avert the climate change catastrophe which we are currently seeing played out in real time in news reports.  If in any doubt, simply read the 42 page Summary for Policymakers produced by the…