Covid-19, net zero, and a third runway – thoughts on the role of climate litigation after the pandemic

One noted side effect of the coronavirus lockdown has been the fall, over recent months, of CO2 emissions. Some campaigners have called for the post-lockdown world to maintain and build on these falls in CO2, and ultimately to push for the UK to have net zero carbon emissions earlier than the present target of 2050. There have been increasing calls for climate change to be addressed through post-pandemic financial recovery packages.

While a change of public mindset is important in itself, long term systemic change often comes about through legal regulation as well as individual action. With climate change litigation becoming a recognised tool for environmental campaigners, this note looks at one especially significant ongoing case involving Heathrow expansion and speculates on the impact of such litigation on the post-pandemic economic recovery packages to come.

To view the full article please click here: Climate change litigation – Heathrow and COVID-19


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