New Zealand

Greenpeace New Zealand v. Northland Regional Council (High Court of New Zealand, 2007)

Jurisdiction: New Zealand


Side A: Greenpeace New Zealand (Ngo)


Side B: Northland Regional Council (Government)


Core objectives: Challenge to regional council consent to a proposed coal-fired power station


Summary
New Zealand Court ruled in favor of Greenpeace holding that climate change was a relevant consideration in the government's consent of greenhouse gas discharge from a proposed coal-fired power station. The Northland Regional Council had granted consent to Mighty River Power Ltd to discharge contaminants from a proposed coal-fired power station at Marsden Point. The court held, under the Resource Management Act 1991, that a consent authority can consider the effects of such discharge on climate change in applications relating to both renewable and non-renewable energy.
Case documents

from the Grantham Research Institute
from the Grantham Research Institute
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