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Heathrow airport expansion plans ruled unlawful due to climate change

Related Member(s):
David Wolfe QC, Raj Desai, Helen Mountfield QC, Sarah Hannett
Related Practice Area(s):
Public Law

The Court of Appeal has ruled that the expansion plans for a third runway at Heathrow airport were unlawful as the government did not take into account the UK’s commitment to the Paris climate agreement or the full climate change impacts of the proposal. The ruling is the first ever to be based on the Paris agreement to tackle climate change and the Prime Minister could use this ruling to abandon the project altogether. The judges said that a third runway could be possible in the future, if the plans changed to conform with UK climate commitments.

David Wolfe QC acted for Friends of the Earth.

Raj Desai and Helen Mountfield QC acted as interveners in this case.

Sarah Hannett was involved in this case.

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The Guardian article

BBC News article