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Activists behind Shell climate verdict target 30 multinationals

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Activists behind Shell climate verdict target 30 multinationals

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AMSTERDAM/LONDON, Jan 13 (Reuters) – The Dutch wing of environmental group Friends of the Earth, which won a landmark court victory against Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) last year, is targeting 30 major corporate emitters in a campaign launched on Thursday.

Milieudefensie has set its sights on large companies with legal bases in the Netherlands, where a court ruled in May that Shell must reduce its environmental footprint. read more

The heads of the companies were being sent letters demanding that they provide plans outlining how they will trim emissions by 45% from 2019 levels by 2030, in line with the Paris climate accord. A failure to do so may result in legal action, said Peer de Rijk, policy officer at Milieudefensie.

Shell is appealing against The Hague district court order to cut emissions in line with the 2015 Paris agreement.

Some of the businesses are “small in the Netherlands itself, but they have a very large, international, global impact and the Shell verdict very clearly states that it is …possible to hold them accountable for their global emissions via the Dutch law,” he said.

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Milieudefensie, which said it had been approached by scores of concerned companies after the Shell verdict, set a three-month deadline until April 15 for the companies to present a climate plan.

They will be used to set an emissions baseline against which the companies’ progress in cutting climate-heating gasses can be measured, the group said.

In addition to targeting companies, Milieudefensie also called on the government in the Netherlands to enshrine the Paris accord in Dutch law to ensure corporate compliance.

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