Transport Action Network v. Secretary of State for Transport (on National Policy Statement)
Jurisdiction: High Court of Justice, Queen's Bench Division
Principle law(s): Climate Change Act
Side A: Transport Action Network (Ngo)
Side B: Secretary of State for Transport (Government)
Core objectives: Whether the UK government's national policy statement on road building must be reassessed in light of new, more ambitious climate targets
SummaryOn December 11, 2020, Transport Action Network, an environmental advocacy NGO, filed a suit arguing that the UK government's National Policy Statement on National Networks must be reassessed in light of more ambitious climate targets. The policy statement, made in 2014, set the strategy for the UK's road building programme. According to news reports, TAN alleges that significant changes to climate policy since 2014, including legally binding targets to reach a net zero carbon economy by 2050, necessitate a review of the policy.
Related laws and policies
The Act provides a long-term framework to improve carbon management, to help the transition to a low carbon economy, encourage investment in low carbon goods and provide an international signal. The Act establishes a legally binding target for the UK to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net z...