A Dutch court has ordered the Royal Dutch Shell to significantly deepen greenhouse gas emissions cuts in a landmark decision that could lead to legal action against global energy companies.
At The Hague, Judge Larissa Alvin handed down a verdict that ordered Shell to reduce emissions by 45 percent by 20 to 20 by 2020.
“The court ordered Royal Dutch Shell, through its corporate policy, to reduce CO2 emissions by 45 to 45 percent by 20 CO0 for the Shell Group and for suppliers and customers of the group,” Ms. Alvin said. .
Shell’s goal is to reduce products by at least 20 percent by 2023, 20 percent by 2023, 20 percent by 2035, 45 percent by 2045, 20 percent by 2020, and 100 percent by 2010.
But the court said Shell’s weather policy was “not solid and full of circumstances … it’s not enough”.
The judge said, “The court’s conclusion is that the shell is in danger of violating its obligation to be less. So the court will issue an order in the RDS,” the judge said.
The court ordered Shell to reduce the absolute level of carbon dioxide emissions while a target based on Shell’s intensity could allow the company to grow in its production theory.
The case is the first in a series of lawsuits filed by seven groups, including Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth Netherlands, in which environmentalists have gone to court to force a major energy firm to change its strategy.
It was filed in April 201 on behalf of more than 17,000 Dutch citizens who say Shell is threatening human rights because it is investing billions in fossil fuel production.
“This is a great victory for us and for all those affected by climate change,” said Donald Pauls, director of Friends of the Earth Netherlands.
“This is historic, this is the first time the court has ruled that any major pollutant should cut its emissions,” Mr Paul added after the ruling, which Shell could appeal.
Shale, the world’s oil and gas trader, reported its emissions in 201, and its oil production peaked in 201, falling 1 percent to 2 percent per year.
However, the Dutch-Dutch company will continue to lean towards oil and gas in the near future.
Rapid cuts effectively force the firm to move away from oil and gas quickly.
Shell, who plans to emit pure zero carbon sooner or later, said in court that the world’s transition would not be possible without fossil fuels.