In the verdict of the famous Urgenda case in 2018, the Dutch National Government was ordered to do more to limit the emission of greenhouse gases in the Netherlands . The Dutch Court of Appeal required a 25% reduction in 2020 compared to 1990. However, preliminary figures from the Dutch Statistics have shown that even in Corona year 2020, which was characterised by less traffic and economic activity, estimated emissions reduction was only 24.5% lower compared to 1990 .
Last month, the newly appointed Dutch State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Change Dilan Yesilgöz presented a long list of measures that should finally meet the 25% reduction target. It applies to various sectors, such as industry, agriculture, transportation, and energy .
Since it has become apparent that the required target has not been achieved on time, plaintiff Urgenda will impose a penalty payment on the Dutch state through the court. Director of the Dutch NGO Marjan Minnesma expects a claim between 100 million and 2 billion euros. Yesilgöz regrets that Urganda will not await the implementation of the listed measures, but it can be concluded that the Dutch state missed its opportunity to adapt its policy to meet its target on time .
Ultimately, this disadvantages everyone, including the Dutch state, because quick measures to increase sustainability are more expensive than measures included in long-term policy objectives.