Climate activists claim breakthrough victory against Shell

Climate activists claim breakthrough victory against Shell

26 May 2021

A court in the Netherlands has ruled in a landmark case that the Royal Dutch Shell must reduce its emissions. The ruling stated that, by 2030, the company must cut its CO2 emissions by 45% compared to 2019 levels. Additionally, the Shell group is responsible for the emissions of its suppliers as well as its own. The ruling by the Dutch court cites a paper by Thomas Hale and Steve Smith on the mapping of current practices around net zero targets.


Thom Wetzer was quoted in the Financial Times, saying "Legally, economically and societally the ruling is significant. All companies in the energy industry and all heavy emitters will be put on notice and will have to accelerate their decarbonisation plans."


Growing numbers of lawsuits have been filed around the world aiming to secure compensation for the impacts of climate change or to compel governments to strengthen climate targets. An event featuring Rupert Stuart-Smith on 30 June will explore the different legal strategies being deployed to protect human rights from the impacts of climate change, and also present new research findings from the Oxford Sustainable Law Programme on the role of attribution-science evidence in climate litigation.

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