On May 12, 2021, climate campaigners Mikaela Loach, Kairin van Sweeden and Jeremy Cox filed judicial review proceedings against the UK Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) and the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy over the new strategy for the OGA. The strategy was laid before parliament in December 2020, came into force in February 2021, and gives the OGA a dual mandate to both “secure that the maximum value of economically recoverable petroleum is recovered from the strata beneath relevant UK waters” and, in doing so, “to take appropriate steps to assist the Secretary of State in meeting the net zero target.” The strategy sets out plans to support ongoing efforts to exploit North Sea oil and gas reserves.
The claimants argue that such plans are irrational and inconsistent with the UK Government’s Net Zero target because they will lead to more oil and gas being extracted than would otherwise be the case.
According to a press release by the claimants, on July 28, 2021, the High Court "found that the claimants had “presented an arguable case” which was “in the public interest”, and that the judicial review claim has “sufficient merit to grant permission” to proceed to a full hearing.
No case documents are available.