Elliott-Smith v. Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy et al.
Jurisdiction: High Court of Justice, Queen's Bench Division
Principle law(s): Climate Change Act
Side A: Elliott-Smith (Individual)
Side B: Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy et al (Government)
The plaintiff's challenge was dismissed in July 2021. However, in dismissing the case the court noted that its acceptance of the government's arguments did not require any denial of the "the urgency of the need to address climate change and involves the recognition that in order to meet the long term requirements of the Paris Agreement action is required now. Taking measures in the short term is an essential part of achieving the longer term objective, and that approach is clearly tenable in the light of the provisions of article 4.1."
Related laws and policies
The Act provides a long-term framework to improve carbon management, to help the transition to a low carbon economy, encourage investment in low carbon goods and provide an international signal. The Act establishes a legally binding target for the UK to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net z...