ClientEarth threatens legal action over emissions reduction plan delay
In a letter to Business and Energy Minister Nick Hurd, environmental law firm ClientEarth has challenged the government over its continuing delay on publishing a new emissions reduction plan. Published on Tuesday 11 April, the letter called on the government to confirm a timeframe for the plan, which was due in late 2016, as well as launch a consultation on proposals in the plan. ClientEarth Chief Executive James Thornton said: “We want to work with the government on a strong, effective emissions reduction plan, but all we get is never-ending delays. Government must publish the plan, and must consult with industry and civil society. If it continues to kick this can down the road, we will have no option but to consider legal action.” ClientEarth has called on the government to respond within 21 days.