The business model of one of the world's biggest oil companies, Shell, hangs in the balance tonight after court hearings draw to a close in the Hague on the compatibility of the Dutch oil giant's business with climate goals.
Shell is one of the largest polluters in the world. It emits twice as much CO2 as the entire Netherlands put together. If we want to prevent the earth from warming up by more than 1.5 degrees, companies like Shell will have to change. Unfortunately, that does not happen easily. That is why Friends of the Earth Netherlands has initiated a lawsuit.
The groundbreaking Dutch climate case against Shell reaches the courtroom this December, with public hearings on 1, 3, 15 and 17 in The Hague, Netherlands. If successful, this court case would rule that Shell must reduce its CO2 emissions in line with the Paris Climate Agreement.
Friends of the Earth Netherlands (Milieudefensie) director Donald Pols said:
Shell’s climate ambitions are nowhere near enough to prevent further global warming, according to new research by the OCI (Oil Change International). The OCI examined the climate plans of 8 oil giants. It found that if their plans are implemented, it will be impossible to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees.
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A year and a half ago, Friends of the Earth began a lawsuit against Shell in the Netherlands, led by Milieudefensie / Friends of the Earth Netherlands. We served Shell legal papers summoning them to court for climate crimes.
This week we received Shell's response. What we can already see from their arguments is that Shell believes it is already doing enough to combat the climate emergency.
Today Friends of the Earth Netherlands received Shell's long awaited re-sponse to the legal summons demanding it acts on climate change. While lawyers still need to study the 272 page legal document in detail, the response shows that Shell does not intend to meet the plaintiffs' demands.
Friends of the Earth Netherlands' Director Donald Pols says, "Shell once again takes no responsibility for the disproportionate role it plays in aggravating the climate crisis. Shell is undermining the world's chanc-es to stay below 1.5°C."
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