On Wednesday 26 May a Dutch court in The Hague will give judgment in the Climate Case against Shell brought by Friends of the Earth Netherlands (Milieudefensie), 17,000 co-plaintiffs and 6 other organisations (Note1).

This case is unique: if successful, this will be the first legal judgment ordering a polluting transnational corporation to reduce its emissions in line with global climate goals.

Friends of the Earth Netherlands is demanding that Shell’s global business operations must emit 45% less CO2 by 2030. The outcome of the case is expected to impact climate policy and corporate accountability globally.

Further information

A verdict for the case is due on 26 May at 15h CET which is 9 am in Canada

Key legal documents and Information on the history of the case are available here: https://www.foei.org/news/climate_litigation_shell

Friends of the Earth Netherlands/International and lawyers will provide comment immediately following the verdict and a Press conference will be held via zoom, please register here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYtd-mqrDMrGdXuGWax2m0veoJzhFXzkOSq

If the court in The Hague broadcasts a Livestream of the verdict, follow it via: https://milieudefensie.nl/livestream


Interviews with the lawyer and Friends of the Earth International/Netherlands are available.

For any questions about the case please contact:

Milieudefensie/Friends of the Earth Netherlands press officers:
Arjan de Boer: +31 (0)6 22398887
Jasperine Schupp: +31 (0)6 29593873
Benjamin van Sterkenburg: +31 (0)6 52682416  press@milieudefensie.nl

Friends of the Earth International

Sara Shaw sara.shaw@foe.co.uk +44 (0)7974 008 270 (until the end of 27 May)
Friends of the Earth International general press enquiries, press[at]foei.org

Sam Cossargilbert sam.cossargilbert@foe.org.au  +61413496570 (From 28 May onwards)

Friends of the Earth Canada  Beatrice Olivastri Beatrice[at]foecanada.org  +1 (613) 724-8690


  1. The co-plaintiffs are: Action Aid Netherlands, Both ENDS, Fossil Free Netherlands, Greenpeace Netherlands, Young Friends of The Earth Netherlands and the Wadden Sea Association (Waddenvereniging) and more than 17000 Dutch citizens.
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