Shell will appeal against the judge’s ruling in May in the climate case brought by sustainability organization Milieudefensie. The gas and oil group announced this on Tuesday. Shell is obliged by the court to significantly reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.
Shell CEO Ben van Beurden says he agrees that “urgent action must be taken” to combat climate change. “But we are appealing because a court decision against one company is ineffective,” said Van Beurden. He said a “clear, ambitious policy that will drive fundamental changes across the entire energy system” is needed to effectively combat climate change.
The company points out that it announced plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in April. The last sessions in the climate case had already taken place by then and the plans were therefore not included in the judge’s ruling in May, according to Shell. Thanks to the plans, the gas and oil group aims to reduce emissions by 20 percent by 2030, and by 100 percent by 2050.
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The court in The Hague ruled in May that Shell must reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 45 percent by 2030. Internationally, this was seen as an important ruling, because the judge ruled that the company has a responsibility for reducing greenhouse gases and may facilitate other climate issues worldwide.
Milieudefensie states that it expected the decision to appeal, but still finds it ‘disappointing’. “We would rather see Shell now invest all its time and energy in achieving the goal instead of the appeal,” said director Donald Pols. Milieudefensie lawyer Roger Cox says he looks forward to the appeal “with confidence”. “Science is becoming clearer by the day about the impacts and solutions of climate change. In a sustainable future there is no more room for fossil fuels.”