Greenpeace et al. v. Austria
Jurisdiction: Constitutional Court
Side A: Zoubek (Individual ngo)
Side A: Greenpeace (Ngo)
Side B: Government of Austria (Government)
Greenpeace sued to invalidate tax credits on air travel, arguing that GHGs pose a threat to human rights.
On February 20, 2020 Greenpeace asked Austria's constitutional court to invalidate two laws that give tax credits for air travel but not rail transportation. According to news reports, the complaint, filed on behalf of 8000 Austrian citizens, argues that Austria's tax exemption on kerosene fuel for domestic flights and a value added tax exemption on international flights increase carbon dioxide emissions and contribute to climate change. Greenpeace further alleges that the tax breaks infringe on the right to life and liberty guaranteed by Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.