In the case of Future Generations vs. Ministry of the Environment, it was found that the lack of response to deforestation in Colombia constituted “a serious disregard of the commitments made by the State in the 2015 Paris Framework Convention on Climate Change, where Colombia notably concluded an agreement to reduce “deforestation in the Colombian Amazon” with the aim of reducing deforestation in this region to zero by 2020″. 11.3.C was one of the factors that the court considered in deciding that the Colombian State had not done enough to combat deforestation in the Amazon. On 27 February 2020, the Court of Appeal ruled that third runway plans at Heathrow Airport had been drawn up illegally: R. (at the request of Plan B Earth) v Secretary of State for Transport  EWCA Civ 214. In preparing the “National Airport Policy Statement: new runway capacity and infrastructure at airports in the South East of England” (anspa), without reference to the Government`s commitment to the provisions of the Paris Agreement on climate change, the Secretary of State had breached section 5(8) of the Planning Act 2008, which required consideration of the government`s climate change policy. In a world facing a race against time to end the climate crisis, it is of the utmost importance to demand that national governments respect their political agreements and to take into account the environmental impact of these projects in order to prevent pioneering agreements on climate change from becoming merely symbolic. www.judiciary.uk/publications/heathrow-claimants-v-the-secretary-of-state-for-transport-transcripts/ Court of Appeal says the decision to give consent is not consistent with the Paris Agreement The Secretary`s failure to consider the Paris Agreement was also found to be a violation of the obligation to conduct a legitimate strategic environmental assessment requiring the Secretary to enter into unregistered international agreements. take into account elements relevant to the programme or plan. Climate activist Greta Thunberg said: “Imagine that we all take the Paris Agreement into account.” “It is now clear that our governments cannot continue to commit to the Paris Agreement, while taking steps that blatantly contradict it,” said Tim Crosland, of the legal charity Plan B, which launched the challenge. “The bell is ringing loud and clear about the carbon economy.” More recently, the current Paris Agreement was implemented on November 4, 2016 and 55 countries have ratified the agreement, including China, the United States and India.
The agreement highlights the need for global cooperation to combat climate change. If the government can prove that the Heathrow extension is compatible with its obligations under the Paris Agreement to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the runway could go into the future. But the prime minister has always opposed the third track and the government has told the court that it will not appeal its decision on Thursday. The Court`s ruling is the world`s first major ruling, based on the Paris Climate Agreement, which can have repercussions both in the UK and around the world by stimulating challenges against other carbon-rich projects. . . .