Cases

The Forest Litigation Collaborative (FLC) is a joint undertaking of the Lifescape Project and the Partnership for Policy Integrity (PFPI).

Europe

Sustainable Finance Taxonomy greenwashing, EU

The EU’s Sustainable Finance Taxonomy sets the rules under which economic activities can be labelled as green, thus potentially affecting trillions in investments. However, the criteria for forestry and biomass energy projects fail to meet the main requirement of the Taxonomy – that projects actually mitigate climate change.
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Europe
United Kingdom

Challenging Drax’s Greenwashing, UK

Drax makes profoundly misleading claims about forest and climate benefits of burning trees for energy. We are challenging Drax’s greenwashing under the OECD guidelines for responsible business conduct.
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Estonia

Natura 2000 logging, Estonia

Estonia is failing to do environmental assessments that are required under EU legislation that governs management of the Natura 2000 conservation network. We are supporting an Estonian NGO who seeks a nationwide injunction to prohibit logging within Natura 2000 sites unless an appropriate environmental impact assessment has been conducted.
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Estonia

Sustainable forest management, Estonia

Despite relatively progressive laws concerning sustainable use of natural resources, Estonia’s proposed 2030 Forestry Development Plan sets a course for continued forest degradation and liquidation of the forest carbon sink. We are helping NGOs prepare a legal challenge if the Plan is not revised by the government.
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South Korea

Biomass competing with solar, South Korea

Subsidizing biomass energy as “renewable” energy not only increases air pollution and worsens climate change, but also undermines truly green technologies like solar. We supported a South Korean NGO in a complaint arguing the subsidies are unconstitutional.
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Estonia

Community forest destruction, Estonia

Estonia’s Environmental Board was going to allow Finnish forestry giant Stora Enso to log a community forest in Märjamaa, ignoring a legally required environmental review. We supported an Estonian NGO in bringing a case against the government.

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United Kingdom

Biomass Strategy Challenge, UK

The Lifescape Project is taking the UK government to court over ‘irrational’ plans to spend billions on new technology that relies on logging and burning trees for energy, then storing the carbon pollution belowground.  The case alleges the government is fundamentally misrepresenting the dangers of the technology, known as biomass energy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS). 
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