The UK government’s approval of a large new gas-fired power plant has been ruled legal by the high court. A legal challenge was brought after ministers overruled climate change objections from planning authorities. The plant, which is being developed by Drax in North Yorkshire, would be the biggest gas power station in Europe, and could account for 75% of the UK’s power sector emissions when fully operational, according to lawyers for ClientEarth, which brought the judicial review. The planning inspectorate recommended that ministers refuse permission for the 3.6GW gas plant because it “would undermine the government’s commitment, as set out in the Climate Change Act 2008, to cut greenhouse emissions” by having “significant adverse effects”. John Sauven, the head of Greenpeace UK, said: “Building new gas-fired power stations when the UK has a net zero carbon target is hardly showing climate leadership. It also makes little economic sense. The costs are already higher than for renewable options like wind and solar. Investing money to increase pollution may still be legal but it’s no longer defensible.”
Guardian 22nd May 2020 read more »
Plans for Europe’s biggest gas-fired power station have cleared a major hurdle after the UK’s High Court today rejected claims the government acted unlawfully in giving the North Yorkshire project the go-ahead, despite concerns it could undermine the UK’s net zero emissions goal. Energy firm Drax was given the green light to build a new 3.6MW gas power plant on the site of an old coal power station in October last year by the then-Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom, who overruled contrary advice from the UK’s own planning authority.
Business Green 22nd May 2020 read more »