Environmental Activists File Civil Case against Royal Dutch Shell

Groups of environmental activists filed a civil suit on Tuesday against energy giant Royal Dutch Shell, as they impel the company to curb its carbon emissions by 45 percent through 2030.

Groups of environmental activists filed a civil suit on Tuesday against energy giant Royal Dutch Shell, as they impel the company to curb its carbon emissions by 45 percent through 2030.

Seven environmental organizations, including Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth, have been supported by more than 17,000 Dutch residents in filing the lawsuit in the Netherlands.

The legal action is the latest in a string of cases worldwide in which activists take their concerns to courts to fight for the drastic reduction of the companies’ oil and gas reduction due to rampant global warming.

Activists said the Anglo-Dutch petrochemical firm’s continuous investment of billions in fossil fuel production poses a great threat to human rights.

In the presence of judges at The Hague District Court, Roger Cox – the environmental groups’ lawyer – said that the company’s corporate policy has been “at odds” with global climate goals.

“Shell’s policies put it on a collision course with international climate agreements,” Cox said in his opening statement at the court. “It is extremely dangerous and puts a brake on any action individual countries might be willing to take.”

Cox also claimed that the oil and gas giant is responsible for about 1.2 percent of the total industrial greenhouse gas emissions around the world.

Despite Shell’s claim that it has started to transition away from fossil fuels and began leaning towards sustainable sources of energy, the activist group still demanded the energy giant to cut its greenhouse gas emissions almost in half by 2030 and to zero by 2050.

The company claimed that such court actions would not help the company accelerate its energy transition.

“What will accelerate the energy transition is effective policy, investment in technology and changing customer behavior,” the company said in a statement.


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