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UK Loses First Legal Challenge of ‘Net Zero’ Climate Target

  • Environmental groups win legal bid to review 2050 target
  • London judge orders new assessment of carbon budgeting

The UK government lost the first legal test of its much hyped net-zero strategy as a London judge ordered that new assessments be published about the plan to strip carbon out of the economy.

The legal challenge was brought by a group of environmental campaigners who called for greater scrutiny of proposals to zero out greenhouse-gas emissions. They argued that government targets were too vague and didn’t comply with Britain’s own climate-change legislation. They said the UK’s proposals for meeting mid-term targets were likely to be inadequate.