Shell appeals against the Milieudefensie climate ruling

Shell, an oil company, will appeal the District Court of The Hague’s decision in the Milieudefensie case. This was announced by the multinational on Tuesday. Shell was ordered by the judge to reduce its global net carbon dioxide emissions by 45 percent in 2030. This is in comparison with the level at 2019.

Shell is appealing the decision, as it believes a single company’s ruling against them is ineffective. “Clear, ambitious policies are needed that drive fundamental change across the entire energy system. Climate change is a challenge that requires both urgent and global action; action that promotes cooperation and encourages coordination between all parties,” said Shell CEO Ben van Beurden .

The oil company stated that it is also “taking up responsibility” for reducing CO2 emissions. Shell for instance wants its net emissions to zero by 2050. “We agree that urgent action is needed and we are accelerating our transition to net zero,” said Van Beurden.

Milieudefensie responded by saying that it found the appeal “a mistaken signal”. Shell can invest its money and energy better in preventing climate change. Donald Pols, director of Milieudefensie, says that the longer Shell waits the worse the consequences will be for everyone.. Along with a few civil society organizations and thousands more citizens, the association was responsible to take the first step towards court. They feel that Shell is not doing enough to combat climate change.

Judge agreed with the judge and determined that oil companies must emit 45 percent less carbon dioxide worldwide in 2030 than they did in 2019. This does not just concern the company’s emissions, but also the ones of suppliers and customers.

This lawsuit’s ruling was historic because it was the first time that a judge had ordered Shell to reduce its carbon emissions.


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