Shell ordered to cut emissions in landmark climate case ruling


Shell has been ordered by a Dutch court to cut its emissions (Getty)

A Dutch court has ordered Royal Dutch Shell to cut its carbon emissions by 45% by 2030 compared to 2019 levels.

The decision comes after a landmark case brought about by climate activist groups.

The ruling, delivered today by The Hague District Court, could set a precedent for similar cases against polluting multinationals around the world.

The court ruled that the Anglo-Dutch energy giant has a duty of care to reduce emissions.

It also said the company’s current reduction plans are not concrete enough.

Shell can appeal the ruling.

A group of seven environmental and human rights organizations and some 1,700 Dutch citizens filed the case in 2018, calling on the court to order Shell to cut emissions in line with the global goals set out in the Paris climate agreement.

Teenage Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg delivers brief remarks surrounded by other student environmental advocates during a strike to demand action be taken on climate change in 2019 (Getty)

That equates to Shell cutting emissions 45% by 2030.

The case in the Netherlands is the latest in a string of legal challenges filed around the world by climate activists seeking action to rein in emissions, but it is believed to be the first targeting a multinational company.


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