Don’t let corporate courts block climate action

Corporate courts give fossil fuel companies the power to sue governments for taking action on the climate emergency. They are an obstacle to a clean energy transition and to achieving climate justice.

The UK is starting its independent trade policy and we should be getting rid of corporate courts. Instead, the government looks to be about to set them in stone - signing new deals with corporate courts in them, like the UK-Canada deal and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and recommitting to an existing big corporate court deal, the Energy Charter Treaty. 

Fossil fuel comapnies are already using corporate courts to sue governments for over $18 billion - and that's just a start. Industry insiders reckon the amounts at stake could be over $9 trillion. The UK needs to drop corporate courts in new trade deals, and exit the Energy Charter Treaty

Tell Boris Johnson and the trade department not to let corporate courts block climate action.

For more information read our briefing: Climate injustice: How corporate courts block climate action

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