Shell ordered by Dutch court to cut carbon emissions –

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Shell ordered by Dutch court to cut carbon emissions – fr


A Dutch court ruled on Wednesday that Royal Dutch Shell PLC was partly responsible for climate change and ordered the company to reduce its carbon emissions, a one-of-a-kind move that adds new pressure on oil and gas companies already facing to an intensification. scrutiny by governments and investors.
The decision, issued by The Hague District Court and stemming from a lawsuit, concluded that Shell must reduce its carbon emissions by 45% by 2030, compared to 2019 levels. This is in line with the guidelines of the United Nations for member states to prevent global temperatures from rising more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
Lawyers said the ruling, which Shell said it plans to appeal, could set a precedent in other Western jurisdictions, particularly in Europe, exposing oil companies to new legal threats related to their carbon emissions. . The court did not specify how the ordered cuts were to be complied with, or how it could monitor or enforce its decision.
Friends of the Earth Netherlands, a local offshoot of the Amsterdam-based global nonprofit network, led the civil lawsuit against Shell. He alleged that the company’s oil and natural gas production contributed to climate change, violating a so-called duty of care to those affected by it and failing to meet the company’s related obligations. of human rights. He asked the court to force Shell to reduce its carbon emissions. Shell’s current emission reduction targets are based on the intensity – the amount of carbon in any unit of energy – that could see its overall emissions increase further.
The court said Shell had not violated its obligation to reduce carbon emissions, but that there was an “imminent violation” and therefore set the reduction requirement. The case was heard in December in The Hague. Shell has dual headquarters in London and The Hague, which is why environmental activists have brought the case there.

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