The Dutch District Court in The Hague has ordered Royal Dutch Shell (RDS) to “reduce the emissions of the Shell group, its suppliers and its customers by net 45%, as compared to 2019 levels, by the end of 2030, through the corporate policy of the Shell group”. The ruling in the ‘climate case’ corresponds to the claim of Friends of the Earth Netherlands, together with other civil society organizations and over 17,000 co-plaintiffs .
RDS also recognizes that immediate action is needed to stop climate change, but at a much slower pace than what environmental organizations are demanding . Although the Dutch court acknowledges that RDS enhanced its policy, it founds it insufficiently concrete .
RDS was told that it has a duty of care and that its level of CO₂ reduction, as well as that of the whole supply chain, should be brought into line with the Paris Agreement . The judges want RDS to start immediately with a policy that matches the required reduction. An expected appeal against the verdict should not be a reason for the company to postpone the reduction policy .