Government faces fresh climate challenge over ‘outdated’ planning policies

Environmental and legal campaigners have threatened to take the government to court over “outdated” energy planning policies that they say are being used to approve major fossil fuel energy projects in spite of the UK’s net-zero climate targets.

Guardian columnist George Monbiot has joined Ecotricity founder Dale Vince and  barrister and political activist Jolyon Maugham to urge the Treasury to review its national policy statements (NPS) for energy, approved in 2011. 

The group claims they are no longer fit for purpose since the government has since committed to the Paris climate agreement and to a legally-binding target to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. 

Failure to agree within 14 days to reviewing the policies will result in legal action, they warn. 

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