For the first time ever, a judge has ruled that an oil company needs to reduce its emissions. A Dutch court judge ruled that energy company Royal Dutch Shell must reduce its CO2 emissions by 45 percent by the year 2030. Shell previously promised to reduce its carbon emissions by 20 percent by the same year. But what does this mean? The world still needs fuel to function, but this shift in the law could mean that companies like Shell will start to invest more in clean energy sources and stop depending on fossil fuels that can cause pollution. In the past, Shell has been asked to pay compensation to locals in Nigeria for an oil pipeline leak. Could this lead to a big change in how the law supports the environment? Possibly!
June 11, 2021