An interesting piece in Sustainable Views addressing the recent (successful) High Court challenge to the UK government's Net Zero Strategy - as I (and other lawyers) opine in that article, that although the decision shows a new willingness by the courts to get into the detail of science-based policy-making, the specifics of the UK's Climate Change Act are such that it is unlikely to create a ‘copy and paste’ route to pursuing a legal challenge in other jurisdictions. 

Having said that, it is likely that governments around the world will continue to face legal challenges to their net zero policies. A recent analysis by the Grantham Research Institute and the London School of Economics indicates that, outside the US, governments remain the most common targets in climate cases, with 28 cases filed against governments in 2021 alone (see our previous blog post).