Court Rules Shell Needs to Do More to Cut Carbon Emissions

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The first time in history a judge has ordered large polluter to reduce co two. That's the plaintiff in a lawsuit against royal dutch. Shell after a dutch court ordered the oil company to cut its carbon emissions forty five percent by twenty thirty shell says it will appeal the decision and has already working to reduce emissions but for climate activists outside the courthouse and across the world. The decision alone a victory. I'm npr. Chief meteorologist paul. Our and today on climate cast. What does a court ruling in. The netherlands mean for companies and similar lawsuits in the us maggie pillow. So is an attorney with vincent and elkins. She focuses on climate change risk management and environmental litigation. Hi maggie welcome back to climate cast. Hi paul thanks for having me. Back so maggie. This looks the first time. A company has been legally required to align its policies with the paris. climate accord's how big is this ruling. Think this ruling is significant because the company in question here shell actually has its own very significant climate policies including a goal to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by twenty fifty and we have a court stepping in and saying. You're not going far enough fast enough when you need to be doing more. What's what's the impact or the message to other fossil fuel producers here and to investors. So i think the big thing for producers to be thinking about is that the conversation about climate and climate strategy is something that's going to be happening on many fronts and it the legal system in legal challenges are get another lever in that process. You're an attorney mega. That works in this area. When you saw this ruling what what were some of your first thoughts. I frankly was a little bit surprised by the ruling as i said earlier shall has been seen as pretty progressive in the types of climate goals. It has been making and week or two before this ruling came out. Shell actually got over. Eighty eight percent shareholder support for its own transition policy which it had put your vote at its annual meeting

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