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Heathrow expansion curtailed over climate change commitments

February 2020
Michael Salau and Priya Thakrar

The Court of Appeal, in R (Friends Of The Earth) V Secretary Of State For Transport And Others ruled on 27 February 2020 that Heathrow Airport’s plans to build a third runway were illegal because there was no consideration given to climate change obligations under the Paris Climate Agreement.

In this article, Michael Salau and Priya Thakrar, provide an overview and comment on this recent significant decision where, for the first time, the English Courts have considered the effects of the Paris Agreement in relation to a major infrastructure project.

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