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Shell chief calls Dutch statement on climate change ‘a blow’

Shell chief considers Dutch court’s landmark ruling on climate change ‘a blow’



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The Shell boss has lashed out at a historic ruling on climate change from a Dutch court that he said felt like a ‘physical blow’.

Ben van Beurden said it was “deeply disturbing” that the oil giant was singled out for the way the world uses energy.

His comments in an interview on Shell’s website will anger environmentalists, who argue that Shell has fallen behind its competitors in the fight against climate change.

Shell CEO Ben van Beurden said it was 'deeply disturbing' that the oil giant was singled out for the way the world uses energy

Shell CEO Ben van Beurden said it was ‘deeply disturbing’ that the oil giant was singled out for the way the world uses energy

Last year’s ruling forced Shell to accelerate how quickly it meets ambitious climate targets to reach net zero by 2050.

He said, “I was listening at home when the judge delivered her verdict.

It felt like a blow, I found it deeply disturbing that Shell as one company should be held accountable for how the world produces and uses energy.

That goes against everything I believe in when it comes to climate change, which is that this is a social problem, not a problem to be solved by one company.’

The 63-year-old added: ‘When people attack Shell for not going fast enough, it feels very personal.

“But I can’t run from it or hide under my desk.”

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