Netherlands: Activists sue Shell over climate change

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8 April 2019

Friends of the Earth Netherlands submits legal summons in historic climate case against Shell

Author: Friends of the Earth International

Today Friends of the Earth Netherlands will deliver a court summons to Shell to legally compel the company to cease its destruction of the climate, on behalf of more than 30,000 people from 70 countries. A 236 page complaint will be delivered to Shell’s International Headquarters in the Hague this afternoon by Friends of the Earth Netherlands, ActionAid NL, Both ENDS, Fossielvrij NL, Greenpeace NL,Young Friends of the Earth NL, Waddenvereniging and a group of around 400 co-plaintiffs...

In the court summons, Friends of the Earth Netherlands outlines why it is bringing this groundbreaking climate litigation case against Shell, highlighting the company’s early knowledge of climate change and its own role in causing it. Despite acknowledging that the fossil fuel industry has a responsibility to act on climate change, and claiming to “strongly support” the Paris Agreement, Shell continues to lobby against climate policy and to invest billions in further oil and gas extraction. This is incompatible with global climate goals...

The court summons proves that Shell's current climate ambitions do not guarantee any emissions reductions, but would in fact contribute to a huge overshoot of 1.5 degrees of global warming. The plaintiffs argue that Shell is violating its duty of care and threatening human rights by knowingly undermining the world’s chances to stay below 1.5C...

Roger Cox, who initially represented Urgenda, is now leading Friends of the Earth's case against Shell. Roger said: "If successful, the uniqueness of the case would be that Shell, as one of the largest multinational corporations in the world would be legally obligated to change its business operations. We also expect that this would have an effect on other fossil fuel companies, raising the pressure on them to change."...

[Also refers to BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil, RWE]

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5 April 2019

Environmental groups to sue Shell over climate change

Author: Associated Press

Climate activists are planning to deliver a court summons to Shell in a court case aimed at forcing the energy giant to do more to reduce carbon emissions.

The summons is being delivered to Shell’s headquarters in The Hague on Friday afternoon.

The move comes a year after the Dutch branch of Friends of the Earth sent a letter to Shell’s CEO Ben van Beurden accusing the company of “breaching its legal duty of care” by causing climate damage across the globe.

Shell says in a statement that it agrees climate change action is necessary and that the company is “committed to playing our part.”

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Author: Les Amis de la Terre International

« Les Amis de la Terre Pays-Bas assignent Shell pour un procès climatique historique », 5 avril 2019 

La Haye, 5 avril 2019. Aujourd’hui, les Amis de la Terre Pays-Bas remettront à Shell, au nom de plus de 30 000 personnes de 70 pays, une assignation pour obliger formellement l’entreprise à cesser de détruire le climat. Cette assignation de 236 pages sera remise à Shell cet après-midi dans son siège international de La Haye par les Amis de la Terre Pays-Bas, ActionAid Pays-Bas, Both ENDS Pays-Bas, Fossielvrij NL, Greenpeace Pays-Bas, les Jeunes Amis de la Terre Pays-Bas, Waddenvereniging, et par un groupe de 400 co-plaignants…

Dans l’assignation, les Amis de la Terre Pays-Bas expliquent brièvement pourquoi ils intentent ce procès climatique sans précédent : ils montrent que l’entreprise connaissait depuis longtemps le problème du changement climatique et décrivent en quoi elle y a contribué…

…Les plaignants soutiennent que Shell manque à son devoir de diligence et met en danger les droits humains en amoindrissant sciemment les possibilités du monde de rester en-deçà de 1,5º C.

En outre, les plaignants affirment que Shell viole les articles 2 et 8 de la Convention européenne des droits de l’homme - droit à la vie et droit au respect de la vie privée et familiale…

Si les plaignants ont gain de cause, le tribunal décidera que, d’ici à 2030, Shell devra réduire ses émissions de CO2de 45 % par rapport à celles de 2010, et les porter à zéro pour 2050, comme prévu par l’Accord de Paris…

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