Legal battle intensifies over Antwerp's new mega petrochemical plant

Environmental groups escalate their legal fight against the construction of Europe's largest petrochemical plant in Antwerp, citing severe environmental and climate concerns.

Sandra Laville and Lisa O'Carroll report for The Guardian.


In short:

  • NGOs, led by Client Earth, have filed a lawsuit to stop the construction of Project One, a massive plant for producing plastics in Antwerp.
  • The project, backed by Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s company Ineos, has faced previous legal hurdles due to its potential environmental impact.
  • Despite receiving a new permit, the project is criticized for its potential to exacerbate plastic pollution and carbon emissions.

Key quote:

“Plastics are an environmental issue, a people issue and a climate issue. Allowing what would be the largest plastics facility in Europe to go ahead would not just be a local disaster, but a global affront.”

— Tatiana Luján, Client Earth

Why this matters:

This legal challenge against a major petrochemical plant highlights the growing tension between industrial development and environmental protection. It underscores the critical need to balance economic growth with the health outcomes and sustainability concerns that are increasingly shaping public policy and national discourse.

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