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Court verdict due on historic climate case against Shell: Wednesday 26 May

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  • A verdict for the case is due tomorrow, 26 May, at 14:00 BST (15:00 CET)
  • Friends of the Earth Netherlands/International and lawyers will provide comment immediately following the verdict and a press conference will be held via zoom. Please register here.

On Wednesday 26th May, an historic climate case brought against Shell by Friends of the Earth Netherlands (Milieudefensie), along with 17,000 co-plaintiffs and six other organisations, will come to judgement at a Dutch court in The Hague.

The fossil fuel giant, one of the world’s biggest polluters, is being challenged over its climate wrecking practices. In the face of the climate crisis, Shell continues to drill for oil and gas, pumping out twice as much CO₂ as the Netherlands.
If successful, this case would be the first legal judgement ordering a polluting transnational corporation to reduce its emissions in line with global climate goals. The impacts on climate policy and corporate accountability worldwide will be hugely significant. 
Friends of the Earth Netherlands is demanding that Shell’s global business operations must emit 45% less CO₂ by 2030. By continuing to extract fossil fuels, Shell undermines global efforts to avert climate catastrophe.


Further information

• If the court in The Hague broadcasts a livestream of the verdict, follow it via:

• Interviews with the lawyer and Friends of the Earth International/Netherlands will be available on request

• Key legal documents and Information on the history of the case is available here

For any questions about the case please contact:

Milieudefensie/Friends of the Earth Netherlands press officers

Arjan de Boer: +31 (0)6 22398887
Jasperine Schupp: +31 (0)6 29593873
Benjamin van Sterkenburg: +31 (0)6 52682416  

Friends of the Earth International

Sara Shaw: +44 (0)7974 008 270 (until the end of 27 May)                                        
Sam Cossar: +61413496570 (from 28 May onwards)
Friends of the Earth International general press enquiries:

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