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Netherlands ruling links climate change, human rights — and corporations

THE TIMES

Netherlands ruling links climate change, human rights — and corporations

There is debate over whether the arguments apply in this country, but the UK Supreme Court has recently been indulgent of novel negligence claims

Claude Brown: The Times

A judge in The Netherlands ruled last year that Royal Dutch Shell owed Dutch residents a duty of care to reduce its carbon emissions — and the international energy company was ordered to reduce CO2 emissions by 45 per cent, relative to 2019 levels, by the end of 2030. read more

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Company Secretary Change at Shell plc

Company Secretary Change at Shell plc

SHELL PLC

COMPANY SECRETARY CHANGE

Shell plc announces the appointment of Caroline Omloo as Company Secretary with effect from August 1, 2022. Ms Omloo succeeds Linda Coulter who stands down from her role at the end of July 2022 and retires from Shell in February 2023 after 28 years of service with the Shell Group.

NOTE

Caroline Omloo is a Dutch national. Before joining Shell in 1999, she worked in private practice with law firm Nauta Dutilh.  She has held various positions in Shell, including Secretary to the Audit Committee, Associate General Counsel Corporate Finance NL, Chief Privacy Officer and Head of Legal and management team member of the Downstream Operating Company in the Netherlands.  She has also been a member of the board of Stichting Shell Pensioenfonds, one of Shell’s Dutch pension funds. Caroline took up her previous role as Head of Legal and Compliance of Shell Asset Management Company in 2017 and was a board member of this company from 2018 to 2022.   From 2009- 2019, Caroline sat on the board of Stichting Beroepsopleiding Bedrijfsjuristen, the foundation providing education for in-house lawyers in the Netherlands.  She also served as a board member of Missie Verkeersmiddelen Actie, a Dutch charitable organization, from 2007 to 2017. read more

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Ads by Shell and Land Rover banned over deceptive planet-saving claims

euronews.com

Ads by Shell and Land Rover banned over deceptive planet-saving claims

By Rebecca Ann Hughes

Two advertising campaigns that falsely suggested car drivers could lessen their impact on the environment have been removed after complaints.

The adverts from multinational energy company Shell and vehicle manufacturer Land Rover were found to be misleading by watchdogs.

Advertising standards authorities in the Netherlands and Ireland concluded that the companies were unable to back up their claims. read more

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Shell refuses to set up Gazprom account as it continues Russian withdrawal

CITYA.M.

Shell refuses to set up Gazprom account as it continues Russian withdrawal

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Energy giant Shell has confirmed it will not set up a rouble account, under new terms demanded by Kremlin-backed giant Gazprom.

This means it will no longer be contracting Russian gas to fulfil its contracts to European households, including its customers in Germany.

A Shell spokesperson told City A.M.: “Shell has not agreed to new payment terms set out by Gazprom, including the creation of K accounts. We will work to continue supplying our customers in Europe through our diverse portfolio of gas supply. Shell continues to work on a phased withdrawal from Russian hydrocarbons, in compliance with applicable laws and regulations.” read more

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Climate protesters block start of Shell shareholder meeting

Reuters

Climate protesters block start of Shell shareholder meeting

By Shadia Nasralla and Ron Bousso:

LONDON, May 24 (Reuters) – A couple of dozen climate protesters disrupted Shell’s (SHEL.L) annual general meeting (AGM) on Tuesday, chanting slogans and holding banners as Shell Chair Andrew Mckenzie tried to start the meeting.

Shell is due to ask its shareholders to vote on a resolution supporting its climate strategy and rebuff a climate resolution from activists, another iteration of which garnered 30% of votes at last year’s AGM. read more

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Shell Climate Case to Return to Focus at Annual Shareholder Meeting

Bloomberg

Shell Climate Case to Return to Focus at Annual Shareholder Meeting

Laura HurstBloomberg News

(Bloomberg) — Climate issues are set to take center stage at Shell Plc’s annual general meeting on Tuesday, with a key group saying the energy giant isn’t abiding by a landmark court order requiring it to cut emissions by 45% by 2030.  

Milieudefensie, the Dutch arm of Friends of the Earth, says Shell’s plans around customer-related emissions — which make up the bulk of its pollution — aren’t in line with last year’s judgment. The group originally brought the case against the company.

“The judge’s verdict is clear and necessary: Shell must stop causing dangerous climate change,” said campaign spokesperson Nine de Pater, who plans to attend the meeting in London as a proxy shareholder.  read more

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Shell boss Ben van Beurden slammed for reaping more than £18m ahead of possible shareholder rebellion

Shell boss Ben van Beurden slammed for reaping more than £18m ahead of possible shareholder rebellion

Shell boss Ben van Beurden has been slammed for reaping more than £18million ahead of a possible shareholder rebellion this week. 

Calculations by The Mail on Sunday show that the Dutch businessman – who has led Shell since 2014 – has seen the valuations of his shares and other payments soar.  read more

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SHELL URGED TO DROP APPEAL AGAINST ORDER TO SLASH EMISSIONS

FT

Odey urges Shell to drop appeal against order to slash emissions

 in London

Odey Asset Management has called on Shell to drop its appeal against a landmark Dutch court ruling targeting its climate strategy and instead to fund an independent body to audit the emissions of every oil and gas company. Fund manager Henry Steel, who wrote the letter, told the Financial Times that Shell was “sending the wrong signals” by appealing against last year’s Dutch ruling ordering the oil major to cut its emissions by 45 per cent by 2030. read more

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Clifford Chance to handle Shell’s appeal against sensational defeat in the Milieudefensie case

Clifford Chance to handle Shell’s appeal against sensational defeat in the Milieudefensie case

The following are translated extracts from an article published on 19 May 2022 by the Dutch financial newspaper, the fd.

By Martijn Pols and Joris Polman.

Oil company Shell has set aside house lawyer De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek after the sensational defeat against Milieudefensie. Exactly one year ago, the judge forced Shell to tighten up its climate policy.

Shell appealed but had no confidence in a good outcome with De Brauw by its side. Lawyers for British Clifford Chance can now make another attempt. read more

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Activist investor prepares to take on Shell over climate targets

CITYA.M. 

Activist investor prepares to take on Shell over climate targets

: THURSDAY 12 MAY 2022

Shell is preparing for a shareholder showdown at its upcoming general meeting later this month, with activist group Follow This pushing the energy giant to commit to more stringent environmental targets.

It has warned shareholders that Shell’s current transition plans are not aligned with the Paris Agreement, and has filed a motion – resolution 21 – calling for the oil and gas major to publish targets that cover short, medium and long term emissions in both its operations and the use of its energy products. read more

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Utterly disgusting service from Shell Energy

30 APRIL 2022

The content below is sourced from current verifiable customer reviews of Shell Energy published on Trustpilot.

Time wasters

Half an hour to pickup a call, even worse to answer a chat and then agent put the phone down on you. The staff in customer service is rude and incompetent. It is appalling that this company does not value the time of its customers and operates by such low standards. This is not what you expect from a global brand like Shell. What a shame. Will happily rejoin EDF Energy read more

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Friends of the Earth warns Shell directors they face personal liability if energy firm doesn’t clean up its act

Daily Mail

Friends of the Earth warns Shell directors they face personal liability if energy firm doesn’t clean up its act

Shell directors risk ‘personal liability’ if they fail to boost the energy giant’s green credentials, an environmental group has claimed.

The threat to senior figures, including chief executive Ben van Beurden, was made in a recent letter from Friends of the Earth’s Netherlands branch, Milieudefensie. read more

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Shell board ‘could be liable’ for failing to tackle CO2: Milieudefensie

DutchNews.nl

Shell board ‘could be liable’ for failing to tackle CO2: Milieudefensie

April 25, 2022

Environmental campaign group Milieudefensie has written to the members of the board at Shell warning them they could be held liable for failing to take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions despite being ordered by judges to do so last year.

Last May, a court in The Hague said that Shell must play its part in the fight against dangerous climate change and ‘reduce the carbon dioxide emitted by the Shell group and its customers by 45% net by the end of 2030, compared with the level in 2019.’ read more

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Shell, Mitsubishi wind power consortium to produce ‘green hydrogen’ -Yomiuri

Shell, Mitsubishi wind power consortium to produce ‘green hydrogen’ -Yomiuri

By Syndicated Content: Apr 6, 2022 | 10:09 PM TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s Mitsubishi Corp and Shell Plc aim to produce 400,000 tonnes of “green hydrogen” in 2030 through the companies’ European offshore wind power project, the Yomiuri newspaper reported on Thursday.

Dutch renewable energy firm Eneco, owned by Mitsubishi and Japan’s Chubu Electric Power Co, has decided to invest 10% in a joint venture that includes Shell, Norway’s Equinor and others, for the project, the paper said.

The hydrogen would be produced through wind power instead of natural gas in a bid to reduce the fuel’s carbon footprint, the Yomiuri said.

($1 = 123.6800 yen)

(Reporting by Kantaro Komiya; Editing by Chang-Ran Kim) read more

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Dutch govt to pay Shell, Exxon $8.28 billion for filling Norg gas storage

Reuters

Dutch govt to pay Shell, Exxon $8.28 billion for filling Norg gas storage

AMSTERDAM, April 1 (Reuters) – The Dutch government on Friday said it expected to compensate NAM, a joint venture between Shell RDSa.L and Exxon XOM.N, around 7.5 billion euros ($8.3 billion) for filling the Norg gas facility the past three years, with most of the costs coming this year due to the current high price of gas.

In a statement, the Economic Affairs Ministry cited “the current historic high gas prices” and the exact amount would be determined at the end of the gas year, which runs through to Sept. 30. In all NAM will have purchased 8.8 billion cubic metres (bcm) of gas on the open market to fill the facility over the past three years. read more

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Shell finance boss Jessica Uhl departs with £1 million payday

Evening Standard

Shell finance boss Jessica Uhl departs with £1 million payday

Renumeration bonanza at odds with drivers facing record petrol prices at pumps

By Mark Banham: 1st April 2022

The former chief financial officer of Shell is set to walk away with a “golden handshake” worth more than £1 million.

Jessica Uhl’s renumeration package will include a £921,000 payment for “loss of office” plus salary paid until June this year and an as yet to be decided annual bonus. In addition, she will continue to receive pension payments and medical benefits until June despite officially stepping down yesterday.

She announced her departure from Shell early last month citing “family reasons”. She took the decision to leave after her position was moved from The Netherlands to London. read more

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