Shell’s reply to court summons in historic climate case shows its refusal to stop destroying the climate

Today Friends of the Earth Netherlands received Shell’s long awaited response to the legal summons demanding it acts on climate change. While lawyers still need to study the 272 page legal document in detail, the response shows that Shell does not intend to meet the plaintiffs’ demands.

Friends of the Earth Netherlands’ Director Donald Pols says, “Shell once again takes no responsibility for the disproportionate role it plays in aggravating the climate crisis. Shell claims to embrace the Paris Climate Agreement but, in reality, plans to invest ten times more in fossil fuels than in sustainable energy in the coming years.”

Other sources indicate that Shell wants to increase oil and gas production by 38% between now and 2030 and will invest up to US$35 billion a year, of which only US$2billion - 3 billion will go towards potentially sustainable energy solutions.1 Shell’s CEO announced in October 2019 that it has “no choice” but to invest in oil and that "it is entirely legitimate” to do so.2

Donald Pols continues, “These facts and Shell's evasive response to our court summons show yet again how urgent and necessary our climate case is. Corporations like Shell – which is among the ten biggest climate polluters worldwide - must take action now. So far, Shell has been working in defiance of the Paris Climate Agreement. Our demand is and remains: no more CO2 emissions after 2050."

Friends of the Earth Netherlands and their lawyer Roger Cox are currently studying Shell's response and will work on a substantive reply.