Greenpeace et al v. Spain
Jurisdiction: Spain's Supreme Court
Principle law(s): Regulation 2018/1999 on the Governance of the Energy Union and Climate Action
Side A: Ecologistas en Acción (Ngo)
Side A: Oxfam Intermón (Ngo)
Side A: Greenpeace Spain (Ngo)
Side B: Spain (Government)
Core objectives: Environmental groups sued Spanish government for greater climate action.
SummaryOn September 15, 2020, Greenpeace Spain, Oxfam Intermón, and Ecologistas en Acción filed a motion notifying the Supreme Court of their intention to sue the Spanish Government, alleging failure to take adequate action on climate change. The plaintiffs assert that Spain is in violation of Regulation (EU) 2018/1999 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2018 on the Governance of the Energy Union and Climate Action. According to plaintiffs, by December 2019, Spain should have approved a National Energy and Climate Plan with climate goals for 2030 and a Long Term Strategy with goals for 2050; and the draft plan is not consistent with the Paris Agreement and IPCC recommendations to keep global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. The complaint seeks an order compelling greater climate action.
On March 7, 2022, the Supreme Court issued a ruling (not publicly available) which stated that the case was ready for deliberation. Greenpeace appealed the ruling based on formal considerations. The appeal particularly focused on a request that Greenpeace vs. Spain II be jointly considered and judged, given the close connection between the matters under both of them. On March 31, 2022, the Supreme Court rejected Greenpeace's arguments and confirmed the earlier ruling. The case is pending final decision.
- Supreme Court's rejection of Greenpeace's appeal. (Spanish)
- Supreme Court's rejection of defendant's appeal. (Spanish)
- Plaintiffs' response to the appeal (Spanish)
- Defendants' appeal of decision rejecting motion to dismiss (Spanish)
- Decision rejecting motion to dismiss (Spanish)
- Plaintiffs' response to motion to dismiss (Spanish)
- Government's motion to dismiss for lack of subject matter jurisdiction (Spanish)
- Plaintiffs' appeal of decision rejecting witnesses (Spanish)
- Decision rejecting the plaintiffs' witnesses (Spanish)
- Government's response to the complaint (Spanish)
- Complaint (Spanish)
- Plaintiff's motion agreeing to drop 2050 strategy claims (Spanish)
- State Attorney's motion to dismiss the Long Term Strategy for 2050 claims (Spanish)
- Plaintiff's appeal of the file expansion decision (Spanish)
- Supreme Court's rejection of plaintiff's motion to expand file (Spanish)
- Plaintiff's motion for order for the government to expand its administrative file (Spanish)
- Order admitting the case (Spanish)
Related laws and policies
Regulation 2018/1999 on the Governance of the Energy Union and Climate Action
This document amends Regulations (EC) No 663/2009 and (EC) No 715/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council, Directives 94/22/EC, 98/70/EC, 2009/31/EC, 2009/73/EC, 2010/31/EU, 2012/27/EU and 2013/30/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council, Council Directives 2009/119/EC and (EU)...