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Irish Supreme Court declares that the Irish Government’s climate change Plan unlawfully failed to specify the action the Government would take to secure net zero and the obligations under Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

Friends of the Irish Environment CLG v The Government of Ireland, Ireland and the Attorney General [2020] IESC 49

Related Member(s):
David Wolfe QC, Zoë Leventhal
Related Practice Area(s):
Environmental Law and Natural Resources
Court:

The Irish Supreme Court declared on Friday that the Irish Government’s climate change Plan unlawfully failed to specify the action the Government would take to secure net zero and the obligations under Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The court quashed the plan.

The court held that:

  • The Irish Government’s Plan did not meet the requirements of the Ireland’s Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015.
  • As an NGO the claimant, the Friends of the Irish Environment, did not have standing to raise points under the ECHR, so the court would not consider those issues.
  • It was not for the court to develop “a right to a clean environment” under the Irish Constitutional framework.

David Wolfe QC and Zoe Leventhal were involved in this case