Supreme Court Ruling On Air Pollution ‘Could Have Wider Impact’ Environment Lawyers Suggest Decision May Affect Further Directives 05.05.2015 The UK Supreme Court ruling which orders the Government to take immediate action to tackle air pollution problems in a number of British cities which do not meet standards set by the European Union in 2010 could have wider consequences in environmental law, according to a legal specialist. Five judges ruled unanimously in factor of non-governmental organisation ClientEarth’s legal challenge, which related to the UK’s action to fulfil its obligations on nitrogen dioxide (NO2) as outlined in the Ambient Air Quality Directive. According to ClientEarth, air pollution kills tens of thousands of people every year and NO2 is most commonly a by-product of vehicles powered by diesel. As a result of the ruling, the Government has been told that it must “prepare and consult on new air quality plans” for submission to the European Commission before the end of 2015. Lord Carnwath said: “The new government, whatever its political complexion, should be left in no doubt as to the need for immediate action to address this issue." Tags Public Law Environmental Law Justin Neal Manchester Related articles 20.09.2017Mental Health Trust Pays Damages To Family Of Vulnerable Man Who Died In High Rise Fire 20.09.2017Landmark Legal Ruling Will Allow Doctors to Withdraw Treatment To Those Suffering Debilitating Diseases if Families Agree 20.09.2017Inquest Finds Alzheimer Suffer Died Due To Ingesting Chlorine Tablets 19.09.2017Two Women Instruct Lawyers After Being Abused By Dr Philip Schuppler 19.09.2017Specialist Public Health Lawyers Instructed After Dry Ice Cocktail Drank at The Alchemist ‘Leaves Man With Severe Stomach Burns'