Environmental Law Review

On winning the battle but losing the war …

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Courtesy of Environmental Law Review

Greenpeace initiated a claim for judicial review seeking a quashing order in respect of the Government’s decision to support nuclear new build as part of the UK’s future energy mix. The decision, which appeared in The Energy challenge Review Report published in 2006, represented a volte face in this aspect of energy policy as previously expressed in the 2003 White Paper Our Energy Future – Creating a Low Carbon Economy. In that document, the government indicated that it had decided against supporting the building of new nuclear power stations as part of the UK energy mix, opting instead to concentrate its efforts on encouraging the development of renewable energy sources. In Our Energy Future the government had explicitly stated that: 'Before any decision to proceed with the building of nuclear power stations, there would need to be the fullest public consultation and the publication of a white paper setting out the Government’s proposals.'

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