Shell suffered a historic defeat in a lawsuit brought by Milieudefensie. A court in The Hague held Shell responsible for its role in climate change and obligated the oil giant to drastically cut carbon dioxide emissions between 2019 and 2030. Milieudefensie filed the case with 17,000 participating plaintiffs.
The lawsuit has been pending since 2019. Milieudefensie, in cooperation with Action Aid, Both ENDS, Fossielvrij Nederland, Greenpeace Netherlands, Jongeren Milieu Actief and Waddenvereniging, demanded that Shell comply with the Paris climate agreement. In other words, contribute to keeping global warming well below 2 degrees – preferably below 1.5 degrees.
Prosecutors wrote earlier today Opinion article on Joop:
Most of the shareholders agreed with Shell’s misguided climate ambition. They agreed with Shell’s strategy to emit more carbon dioxide over the next ten years. Consequently, the shareholders bear direct responsibility for the more than 1.4 billion tons of carbon dioxide that Shell pumps into the air each year. Consequently, Shell is eight times more polluted than the Netherlands.
Shell is now obligated by the court to “strictly reduce the CO2 emissions of the Shell Group and customers by 45 per cent net compared to the 2019 level by the end of 2030.”