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15 May 2023


Netherlands: NGO accuses Shell of non-compliance with 2021 Court ruling ordering company to cut its CO2 emissions by 45%

"Milieudefensie accused Shell of not adhering to climate ruling", 15 May 23

According to environmental organization Milieudefensie, Shell is not complying with the court ruling to improve its sustainability policy two years ago…

The court ordered Shell to reduce its CO2 emissions by 45 percent by 2030

Shell set itself the goal of halving its own emissions by 2030, but Milieudefensie pointed out that this is only about 5 percent of the company’s total emissions. As far as the environmental organization is concerned, the other 95 percent caused by the use of Shell fuels is the real issue. The court imposed a “constrained effort obligation” to reduce those emissions.

Shell CEO Wael Sawan has made it clear that he sees no point in reducing oil and gas production because he believes the world will need those fossil fuel energy sources for a long time to come.

Nine de Pater of Milieudefensie is very critical of this. “Shell knowingly continues to threaten human lives and does not intend to do anything about it. That is an insult to the court,” she said…

That claim is “misleading,” according to [Shell]. “Shell is actively taking steps to comply with the ruling while awaiting the outcome of the appeal.”…