A UK court has ruled against a legal challenge by Friends of the Earth’s (FoE) to prevent the UK government providing finance for TotalEnergies’ $20 billion Mozambique LNG project in southern Africa.

FoE has now launched an appeal because the two judges deciding the case came to different conclusions, and unanimity was needed for the campaign group to win its case.

The environmental group had hoped the High Court would find against a decision made last year by UK Export Finance (UKEF) to provide $1.15