Dutch Government Ordered to Cut Carbon Emissions in Landmark Ruling

July 12, 2015

in carbon reporting, climate change, voltage reduction

A Dutch court has ordered its government to cut harmful greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25% by 2020, in a case that environmentalists hope will set a benchmark for other countries in a similar situation.

The case was brought forward on behalf of 900 Dutch citizens. A spokesman from Greenpeace called it a “landmark case”. With similar cases being brought forward in Belgium and the Philippines, could the UK Government see itself in court in a similar case?

The court ruled that at its present rate the Netherlands would reach a reduction in carbon emissions of only 17% by 2020, which is significantly less than other countries. It was ruled that the Netherlands had a duty of care to its citizens and to the environment.

Coal and gas provide much of the Netherlands’ energy requirements, with the country lagging far behind neighbours Denmark and Germany in its use of renewables.

Other governments who are dragging their feet when it comes to CO2 reduction will be closely monitoring the case and any potential appeal.

The Dutch government could appeal to a higher court and it is not yet clear how the ruling will be enforced. The European Union recently set a target of reducing emissions by 40% by 2030. To read the full article follow the link: http://bit.ly/1JiqCVK

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