The Dutch government is ordered to reduce greenhouse gases by 25 percent
The Dutch government is ordered to reduce greenhouse gases by 25 percent by Supreme Court judges following a historic case of climate activists
- Campaigners from Urgenda cheered when the appeal was rejected in The Hague
- Greenpeace described the ruling as a & # 39; immense victory for climate justice & # 39;
- In 2018, Dutch MPs unveiled ambitious climate legislation aimed at reducing all gas emissions by 2050
The Dutch Supreme Court on Friday ordered the government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25 percent by the end of 2020 in a historic case of an environmental group.
Campaigners from the Urgenda group cheered when the judges dismissed an appeal from Prime Minister Mark Rutte's government against two earlier rulings to reduce emissions.
& # 39; The consensus in climate science and in the international community that developed countries should reduce their emissions by 25 to 40 percent by [until the end of] 2020 is of particular importance, & # 39; said the judgment.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte arrives for an EU summit in Brussels on 12 December 2019. Campaigners from the Urgenda group welcomed today while judges have rejected an appeal by Prime Minister Rutte against two earlier judgments saying it should reduce emissions
& # 39; The Court of Appeal has rightly decided that, under the European Convention on Human Rights, the Dutch state has a positive obligation to achieve a reduction target of greenhouse gas emissions of at least 25 percent by 1990 by the end of 2020. & # 39;
Urgenda brought the case in April 2015 on behalf of around 900 Dutch people, who are particularly vulnerable to climate change, since about a third of the country is below sea level.
& # 39; History is written, & # 39; Urgenda said in a tweet and described it as a & # 39; victory for the planet & # 39 ;.
Dozens of campaigners gathered outside the court in The Hague for the ruling, which is the final decision of the Dutch judiciary.
In the same year, the Dutch government appealed against a lower court ruling and against a court ruling in favor of the environmental group in 2018.
Greenpeace described the ruling as a & # 39; immense victory for climate justice & # 39 ;.
A tweet from the environmental group reads & # 39; History is written & # 39; after the historic statement that took place earlier today. The Dutch government has been commissioned to reduce CO2 emissions by 25 to 40 percent by the end of 2020
& # 39; The Dutch government must act now, there is no time to lose & & # 39 ;, said Greenpeace campaigner Faiza Oulahsen, who called for the closure of coal-fired power stations and a reduction in livestock farming.
& # 39; The measures must now be far-reaching and the government owes it entirely to itself, because this judgment has not been taken seriously by Prime Minister Rutte for four years. & # 39;
In 2018, Dutch MPs unveiled ambitious new climate legislation aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions to nearly zero by 2050, while introducing an annual review to ensure that the targets are met.
But the government has also had to face massive protests from farmers against separate legislation to reduce emissions of nitrogenous pollution.
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