Re Australian Conservation Foundation v. Latrobe City Council

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Several environmental groups challenged a proposed expansion of a coal mine on the groups that the environmental impact assessment had not included downstream environmental impacts that would result from the mining of more coal.

The court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs and held that the assessment panel must consider the impacts of GHG emissions on the environment.


The decision was rendered in 2004, making this case an early example of successful climate litigation. According to the ruling the Australian state of Victoria must consider the impacts of greenhouse gas emissions on future generations in environmental impact statements.