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Dutch Court Orders Oil giant Shell to Reduce CO2 Emissions by 45% by 2030 relative to 2019 levels


Shell ordered to reduce emissions by 45% by 2030 in landmark ruling

Oil major Royal Dutch Shell said it “fully expects” to appeal the “disappointing” decision.

Multinational oil company Royal Dutch Shell has been ordered in court to slash its carbon emissions in order to protect the environment from climate change.

The landmark ruling, thought to be the first in history of its kind, demands the firm cuts its emissions by net 45% by 2030 – compared with 2019 levels – to bring it in line with the Paris Agreement

The outcome has far-reaching implications for the global fossil fuel industry and could pave the way for further climate litigation against big oil.

The court ruled that the Anglo-Dutch energy giant had a duty of care to reduce emissions and that its current plans were not concrete enough.

Shell said in a statement it “fully expect[s] to appeal today’s disappointing court decision” and meanwhile it wants to grow demand for its low carbon energy products.

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