Who can amend climate change agreement targets?

A recent ruling confirmed the Environment Agency’s insistence that it does not have the power to vary the percentage reduction target for an operator‘s individual agreement

Richard Macrory, emeritus professor of environmental law, University College London
Richard Macrory, emeritus professor of environmental law, University College London

The First-Tier Tribunal has given an important decision concerning who has the power to vary the terms of climate change agreements (CCAs) – voluntary deals made between industry and the government to reduce CO2 emissions. In its judgment, the tribunal held that the scheme’s administrator, the Environment Agency (EA), had no general power to vary the overall target reductions contained in such agreements. The ruling of Judge Simon Bird QC in Geo Speciality Chemicals v Environmental Agency (General Regulatory Chamber NV/2017/0010, 12 January 2018) provides a detailed and valuable account of the complex legal provisions underlying the CCA scheme.

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