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Dutch court hands Shell major loss in grim week for Big Oil

May 26, 2021

France 24:

Dutch courts on Wednesday condemned Shell to reduce its CO2 emissions by 45% by 2030. The oil group was accused by a collective of environmental NGOs of not doing enough to align with the Paris agreement.

Dutch courts ruled: the oil group Shell was ordered, Wednesday, May 26, to reduce its CO 2 emissions. The firm was accused of lax ecology by a group of environmental NGOs.

“The court orders Royal Dutch Shell to reduce its CO2 emissions by the end of 2030 by 45% net compared to 2019,” said the judge during a hearing in The Hague court.

Called “the people against Shell”, the initiative was launched in April 2019 by Milieudefensie, the Netherlands branch of the international organization Friends of the Earth. More than 17,000 Dutch citizens have filed for civil action.

Along with six other NGOs, including Greenpeace and ActionAid in the Netherlands, Milieudefensie denounces a “destruction of the climate” on the part of Shell, one of the largest oil companies in the world.

The company, for its part, is already taking serious measures to support the energy transition. Shell also believes that this process is a matter of political decision-making and that there is no legal basis for the claims of NGOs.

[This story was translated from French.]

More: Pays-Bas: Shell condamné à réduire ses émissions de CO2 de 45 % d’ici 2030 

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