Dutch court rules against Shell in climate case

Photo courtesy of Greenpeace International.

THE HAGUE, May 26 – In a historic verdict today, a Dutch court ruled that Shell must reduce its carbon emissions by 45 percent by 2030 from the 2019 levels.

Calling it a historic verdict, Greenpeace International in a press release today said that it was the first time that a major fossil fuel company is held accountable for its contribution to climate change and ordered to reduce its carbon emissions throughout its whole supply chain.

The reduction in its CO2 emissions by 45 percent by 2030, will be in line with limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees, it said.

“This limit is essential to minimize the risks of irreversible and catastrophic climate change. This climate case was brought by Friends of the Earth Netherlands (Milieudefensie), along with with Greenpeace Netherlands, ActionAid, Both ENDS, Fossielvrij NL, Jongeren Milieu Actief, the Waddenvereniging and 17,379 individual co-plaintiffs.”

Andy Palmen, interim director of Greenpeace Netherlands, said: ‘This verdict is a historic victory for the climate and everyone facing the consequences of the climate crisis. Congratulations to Milieudefensie and all other plaintiffs. Shell cannot continue to violate human rights and put profit over people and the planet.

“This verdict is a clear signal to the fossil fuel industry. Coal, oil and gas need to stay in the ground. People around the world are demanding climate justice. Today the court confirmed that the fossil fuel industry cannot continue their climate pollution. We can hold multinational corporations worldwide accountable for the climate crisis.’

Meanwhile, Shell has said that it will appeal against the verdict.