Milieudefensie v Shell: Do oil corporations hold a duty to mitigate climate change?’

“On 26 May 2021, the District Court of the Hague passed a judgment recognizing an obligation of Royal Dutch Shell to mitigate climate change. Shell was ordered to reduce all carbon dioxide (CO2) resulting from its global operations – including those from the combustion of oil-and-gas products by its customers – by 45% by 2030, compared with 2019. It is the first time a court has imposed on a corporation such a broad mitigation obligation. The judgment is based on tort law and includes references to human rights and climate treaties. This note presents a few preliminary, sceptical, but constructive thoughts about the Court’s analysis …” (more)

[Benoît Mayer, Oxford Business Law Blog, 7 June]

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