27.02.2020 For immediate release 

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Plans for a third runway at Heathrow airport have been ruled illegal as not in line with the government’s climate change commitments

This comes after charity, Plan B and others brought the challenge. The ruling is a world first to be based on the Paris agreement and could open the doors to further challenges to other high carbon projects in the UK and beyond. 

Heathrow is already one of the busiest airports in the world, with 80 million passengers a year. This new runway would bring more than 700 more planes per day and lead to a huge rise in carbon emissions. This comes at a time with the government’s commitments to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and public awareness of climate emergency. 

Rob Noyes, Divest Campaigner at Platform said: 

“This is bad news for big oil businesses and investors in the oil economy and great news for the rest of us. It comes at a time where the public is becoming more aware of the climate emergency and we know we have to move to a carbon-neutral economy in the next decade. This is a win. The Prime Minister should do the right thing and draw a line under these plans”.


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