Aviation faces an end to airport expansions, warn campaigners, after court ‘gives Paris Climate Agreement teeth’

Plans for airport expansions across Europe face the threat of legal action, campaigners and legal experts have warned, after British judges said plans for a third runway at London's Heathrow were “unlawful” because the government failed to take into account the Paris Climate Agreement.

The UK Court of Appeal said on Thursday that the government’s over-arching airports national policy statement (ANPS) was unlawful because the transport minister breached planning laws requiring it to take account of climate commitments. “We have concluded, in particular, that the designation of the ANPS was unlawful by reason of a failure to take into account the government’s commitment to the provisions of the Paris Agreement on climate change,” the court said.

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