May 26, 2021 will go down in the annals of the fight against climate change.
Indeed, it is the first time in history that the courts have ordered a multinational to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and oblige it to comply with theParis Agreement on the climate. Judge Larisa Alwin therefore declared that Shell must immediately reduce its GHG emissions by 45% by 2030. “Shell is responsible for huge CO emissions.2 "And" contributes to the disastrous consequences of climate change for the population, "she added. The case, called "the people against Shell", could set a precedent in courts around the world where similar claims are growing.
The case was initiated by Milieudefensie, the Dutch branch of Friends of the Earth International, in April 2019, along with six other non-governmental organizations (including Greenpeace and Dutch Action Aid). More than 17,000 Dutch citizens have also filed civil lawsuits.
“Today we are making history, alongside 17,000 co-complainants,” said the Dutch branch of Friends of the Earth. This is the first time that a company has to align its policy with the Paris Climate Agreement. It is a mega breakthrough that will have global consequences, she continues, in a press release. "La Presse, May 26, 2021
For its part, Shell said it was considering appealing the decision. The multinational believes that the claims of NGOs have no legal basis and that this process is rather a political decision at the government level. Shell prides itself on making efforts to fight climate change, but according to Justice Larisa Alwin their policies are full of conditions and by no means concrete.
In the text above, the Paris Agreement is mentioned. Here is an infographic to represent the different key points of this international climate agreement:
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