Milieudefensie threatens lawsuit against 30 of the biggest polluters


After the resounding victory in the Climate case against Shell, Meliodefense and Jughead Melioactive (JMA) got a taste of it. The organizations called on the Netherlands’ 30 biggest polluters on Thursday to draw up a plan within three months to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 45 percent by 2030.

This concerns companies such as Ahold, KLM, Rabobank, Tata Steel and FrieslandCampina. If big emitters don’t respond to environmental organizations’ call, Milieudefensie and the JMA threaten legal action. “Green or disappear.”

“Now that the judge is forcing Shell to take responsibility for solving the climate crisis, it is clear that other major polluters in the Netherlands also have to turn to the environment quickly,” Donald Pauls, director of Milieudefensie, said in a statement.

In May last year, a judge obligated Shell to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 45 percent by the end of 2030. According to the judge, these climate measures are necessary to comply with the Paris climate agreement, which states that warming must remain below two degrees.

“The ruling in the lawsuit against Shell underscores the responsibility of companies to solve the climate crisis, both nationally and internationally,” Bols says. “We will continue to increase pressure on these 30 major polluters to contribute to the solution.”

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