28 October 2021, Strong Media coverage of OECD Complaint

We are encouraged to see the significant media interest and coverage of the complaint we have filed against Drax Group Plc under the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. In the complaint, we set out why Drax’s statements about the carbon neutrality of its energy and its low impact on the environment are misleading. It is vital that these issues are taken seriously and considered as part of future net-zero plans by the UK government.

The coverage of our complaint in the Financial Times, the New Statesman, Économie and the Global Legal Post will help to ensure that consumers and policy makers alike are alive to these issues and the true environmental cost of Drax’s woody biomass energy. We also love that Greta Thunberg retweeted a post linking to the FT article.

Credit: Kai Nagata

22 October 2021, OECD Complaint Against Drax Filed

We, alongside other environmental groups, have filed a complaint at the OECD against the UK’s largest carbon emitter, Drax Group plc, arguing that the energy giant’s claims that burning trees for energy benefits the climate mislead consumers and violate rules on responsible business conduct.

The landmark complaint was filed by The Lifescape Project and The Partnership for Policy Integrity, under the banner of the Forest Litigation Collaborative. It is supported by NGOs Conservation North (Canada), Biofuelwatch (UK) and Save Estonia’s Forests (Estonia). Law firm Mishcon de Reya LLP are the legal advisors to The Lifescape Project and The Partnership for Policy Integrity.

Read our full press release here.

21 October 2021, Success in Our Beaver Judicial Review with Trees for Life

Judgment in the beaver judicial review which we are managing with Trees for Life, was handed down today. Licensed beaver killings must halt and all previous beaver killings authorised by NatureScot have been unlawful.

This successful challenge to the Scottish Government’s beaver killing policy offers hope for a new era that benefits nature, climate action and farmers, says the rewilding charity.

Read our collaborator’s (Trees for Life) full press release here.

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