A Dutch civil court on Wednesday in a landmark case brought by climate activism groups has ordered oil giant, Royal Dutch Shell to reduce its carbon emissions by net 45% by 2030 compared to 2019 levels.
The decision only applies in the Netherlands.
“For the first time in history, a judge has ordered one of the largest polluters to stop contributing to dangerous climate change…I am a happy man today,” said Donald Pols, Friends of the Earth (FoE) Netherlands Director in today’s Shell climate ruling.
“This is really great news and a gigantic victory for the earth, our children and a big leap towards a livable future for everyone. The judge leaves no doubt about it: Shell is causing dangerous climate change and must now stop it quickly,” Pols in a statement added.
The Hague District Court in its verdict did not say how the ordered cutback should be achieved, but said the Shell group “has complete freedom in how it meets its reduction obligation and in shaping the Shell group’s corporate policy.”
FoE, alongside six other bodies and more than 17,000 Dutch citizens brought the case to court in 2019.
Shell has said it expects to appeal the “disappointing court decision.”
Shell at a court hearing in December said it has set “an ambition to be a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050, or sooner.”