Judgment on landmark German pollution case will come on Tuesday 27 February

Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH) and ClientEarth’s court hearing on diesel restrictions in Germany came to a close this afternoon, with the judges scheduling a ruling for midday on Tuesday 27 February.

Given the complex nature of the legal arguments, the judges will take the weekend to come to a thorough conclusion.

ClientEarth clean air lawyer Ugo Taddei said: “Our legal action has made air pollution a top national priority, being heard in Germany’s highest court. Whatever the outcome on Tuesday, authorities at all levels must work together to solve this public health issue. We need to make sure the cars on our roads are not polluting at illegal levels. Everyone has the right to breathe clean air.”

DUH CEO Jürgen Resch said: “The states subject to our legal action, North Rhine-Westphalia and Baden-Württemberg, have failed to deal with the immense health impacts of air pollution. People’s right to clean air has been ignored for eight years. Diesel drivers have taken priority while those affected by nitrogen dioxide pollution from diesel vehicles have suffered silently, unprotected by national policy.”

Further news updates will be issued on Tuesday.

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