Germany sued over air pollution failures

ClientEarth and Environmental Action Germany in May lodged a legal challenge with the Higher Administrative Court of Berlin and Brandenburg, in relation to flawed national air pollution control programmes that put Germany on track to miss legally binding emission reduction targets for four out of five pollutants in 2030.

Lawyer Caroline Douhaire, who is representing the organisations in the case, said: “Germany has never been a model student when it comes to implementing EU air quality law. The ongoing breaches of NO₂ limits in cities across Germany have prompted multiple court rulings against authorities, as well as an EU-level case against the country itself. The German government must not make the same mistake in reducing national emissions under the NEC Directive. We need measures in place now to secure the right emissions reductions in time – and currently, this is not what we’re seeing.”

Source: ClientEarth media release, 26 May 2020. Link:

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