Environmental group warns Shell board over responsibility for emissions targets

A group that won a victory over energy giant Shell last year with a Dutch court order forcing it to deepen greenhouse gas cuts, the board of directors has warned. company of possible personal liability if he did not implement the verdict. Last year, The Hague District Court ordered Shell to reduce carbon emissions produced by it, its suppliers and its customers by 45% by 2030 compared to 2019 levels, a landmark decision that could have implications for energy companies around the world.

Shell is appealing the decision. The Friends of the Earth/Milieudefensie group said it sent a letter on Sunday to the company’s boards and individual representatives, including CEO Ben van Beurden, saying it was not taking action to implement the verdict.

“Shell has appealed, but the court has declared the judgment provisionally enforceable, meaning that necessary climate action cannot be put on hold pending the appeal,” the group said in its letter, including one. copy was seen by Reuters. “Milieudefensie believes Shell’s directors are risking future personal liability by failing to take action in line with the goal of nearly halving global CO2 emissions by 2030.”

Shell, which says it respects the decision in many respects, could not immediately be reached for comment. In its appeal filed in March, the company argued that it had been wrongfully held responsible for broadcasts it could not control.

Shell’s targets include reducing its emissions by more than 50% by 2030, although its strategy includes the use of carbon storage and offsets rather than outright reductions.

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