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Shell CEO Ben Van Beurden: Carbon emissions court ruling was ‘body blow’

London Evening Standard

Shell CEO Ben Van Beurden: Carbon emissions court ruling was ‘body blow’

By Simon Freeman: 20 Jan 2022
ROYAL DUTCH SHELL’s CEO Ben van Beurden today described a court ruling from The Hague ordering faster, deeper cuts to the company’s carbon emissions as a “body blow”.

In comments likely to provoke controversy among green activists, he said: “I was listening at home as the judge gave her verdict. It felt like a body blow.

“I found it deeply troubling that Shell as a single business should be held accountable for how the world produces and uses energy.” read more

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Thousands of Groningen gas opponents demand earthquake damage compensation

NL TIMES

Thousands of Groningen gas opponents demand earthquake damage compensation

SUNDAY, JANUARY 16, 2022

An estimated eight to ten thousand people in Groningen took part in a torchlight procession against gas extraction in the province. The municipality was satisfied with the protest, which drew attention to the people living in the earthquake area.

The protest was organized in response to the Cabinet’s decision to double gas production. Protesters were also upset at the poor organization of subsidies for homeowners to strengthen their homes and make them more sustainable. read more

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Dutch Cabinet increases funding for Groningen earthquake victims after chaos

DutchNews.nl

Dutch Cabinet increases funding for Groningen earthquake victims after chaos

January 15, 2022

The cabinet has agreed to allocate an extra €250m to improve homes in parts of Groningen affected by earthquakes after the initial €220m fund ran dry on the first day following a flood of applications.

Long queues formed in towns and villages in the northern province on Monday at council offices where people could claim up to €10,000 per household for renovations.

Hans Vijlbrief, the junior minister charged with sorting out the Groningen gas problems, told MPs on Friday that the new allocation of cash will allow everyone entitled to the grant to make a claim. read more

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Germany ‘putting citizens at risk by extra gas order from Groningen field’

The Times

Germany ‘putting citizens at risk by extra gas order from Groningen field

Oliver Moody, Berlin | Bruno Waterfield, Brussels The Times

The Netherlands has sharply rebuked Germany for ordering extra gas from a vast Dutch field that was supposed to be shut down because extraction has caused a series of earthquakes.

Stef Blok, the outgoing Dutch economy minister, said he was “seriously concerned” about the unexpected additional strain on the Groningen field, which could further destabilise the region’s geology.

The local government has threatened to sue over the decision and one MP in the provincial parliament said the German order was a threat to the population’s safety. read more

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Funding pot for quake-hit Groningen houses emptied on first day

DutchNews.nl

Funding pot for quake-hit Groningen houses emptied on first day

January 11, 2022

A €220m funding pot to strengthen homes weakened by gas production in Groningen ran dry on the first day following a flood of applications.

Long queues formed in towns and villages in the northern province on Monday at council offices where people could claim up to €10,000 per household for renovations.

The money is intended to help people in the northern province improve their homes, many of which have been damaged by earth movements caused by 50 years of gas extraction in the Slochteren gas field. read more

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Lawyer who defeated Shell predicts ‘avalanche’ of climate cases

FINANCIAL POST

Lawyer who defeated Shell predicts ‘avalanche’ of climate cases

Financial Times: Tom Wilson in London: 29 Dec 2021

Seven months after his landmark victory against Royal Dutch Shell, Roger Cox has never been busier.

Little known outside his native Netherlands, Cox is probably the world’s most successful climate litigator. His win against Shell in May, when a judge in The Hague ordered the Anglo-Dutch energy supermajor to cut its carbon emissions by 45 per cent by 2030, rippled around the world.

He is now preparing to respond to Shell’s appeal next year, petitioning the Belgian government to comply with another of his court victories and consulting on half a dozen climate cases in other countries. read more

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Anti-fossil sentiment in the Netherlands

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Anti-fossil sentiment in the Netherlands

Earlier this year, oil and gas multinational Shell announced to move its headquarters from The Hague to London…

Bert van Dijk 28 Dec 18:17

The Dutch offshore sector is very concerned about the business climate in the Netherlands. 

The increasing anti-fossil sentiment is a thorn in the side of the sector. 

Anti-fossil sentiment

Earlier this year, oil and gas multinational Shell announced to move its headquarters from The Hague to London . The move may have been prompted by the desire to simplify the share structure, but many see that anti-fossil sentiment also plays an important role in that move. read more

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Shell sets out expected timetable of Simplification

GlobeNewswire

Shell sets out expected timetable of Simplification

THE HAGUE, December 20, 2021 – The Board of Royal Dutch Shell plc (Shell) has today decided to proceed with its proposal to simplify the company’s share structure and align its tax residence with its country of incorporation in the UK.

As a result, the Board has also decided to change the company’s name to Shell plc which will be implemented in January 2022, with a further announcement to be made at the time. read more

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One of Shell’s Amazon carbon offsets projects raises serious human rights concerns

One of Shell’s Amazon carbon offsets projects raises serious human rights concerns

Indigenous peoples claim and reportedly live in different parts of the Cordillera Azul National Park

David Hill Dec 15

Indigenous Kichwa leader Nelsith Sangama, from Peru, in Glasgow recently where she spoke against carbon offsetting. Credit: Forest Peoples Programme

The last six months or so have been uncharacteristically bruising for oil and gas company Royal Dutch Shell, at least as far as its public profile is concerned. Not only did a court in The Netherlands rule in May that it must cut its global carbon emissions by 45% by the end of 2030 compared with 2019 levels, but then in August the Dutch advertising watchdog concluded that the company should abandon its campaign promoting “carbon neutral” driving. In late October the UK’s Channel 4 broadcast “Joe Lycett vs the Oil Giant”, which included the British comedian impersonating Shell’s CEO Ben van Beurden and defecating out of his mouth, and then the very next day journalists from SourceMaterialGreenpeace’s Unearthed team and Bloomberg published investigations into the “Drive Carbon Neutral” campaign. read more

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Brexit Britain win confirmed as Shell overwhelmingly backs UK move – Dutch snubbed

Express

Brexit Britain win confirmed as Shell overwhelmingly backs UK move – Dutch snubbed

SHAREHOLDERS in oil giant Shell have given their backing to proposals to move the Anglo-Dutch company’s headquarters to London from the Netherlands.

By TOM HILL: 14:11, Fri, Dec 10, 2021 | UPDATED: 14:11, Fri, Dec 10

According to preliminary polling 99.77 percent of shareholders so far had backed the move with just under 58 percent of votes cast. Final results are expected later in the day although it is thought the result is unlikely to change.

The company follows another Anglo-Dutch firm, Unilever, which also decided to move its headquarters to London from the Netherlands. Shareholders were asked to vote on a range of new proposals aimed at simplifying the company’s structure which will also see it drop ‘Royal Dutch’ from its official name. read more

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Can we still be friends? Shell sends Dutch PM parting note

Can we still be friends? Shell sends Dutch PM parting note

Fargo, ND, USA / The Mighty 790 KFGO | KFGO Thomson Reuters: Dec 10, 2021 | 11:23 AM By Toby Sterling

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – On the day that shareholders of Royal Dutch Shell PLC voted to move the company’s headquarters to London from The Hague, the company sent a letter to the Dutch prime minister to soften the blow.

Signed by Shell CEO Ben van Beurden, the letter said Shell’s departure had been “a difficult message for us to announce,” given the company had more than a century of history.

But the letter to Prime Minister Mark Rutte outlined the many projects and activities Shell will continue in the Netherlands, including retaining 8,500 employees, and the division-level management of Shell’s upstream (production), renewable energy and projects & technology divisions. read more

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Shareholders of oil giant Shell vote in favor of London move

CNBC

Shareholders of oil giant Shell vote in favor of London move

Sam Meredith: FRI, DEC 10 20217:07 AM EST

KEY POINTS

  • The Anglo-Dutch company has said the simplification of its dual tax structure is designed to strengthen its competitiveness, accelerate its energy transition plans and help to make distributing profits to shareholders more straightforward.
  • A final tally of results showed 99.8% of shareholders backed the special resolution, according to Reuters.
  • Critics of the move argue Shell’s proposed relocation is partly motivated by a landmark courtroom defeat earlier this year, a decision the company is appealing.

LONDON — Shareholders of oil giant Royal Dutch Shell on Friday voted to approve plans for the company to overhaul its legal and tax structure and move its headquarters to the U.K. from the Netherlands.

The Anglo-Dutch company has said the simplification of its dual tax structure is designed to strengthen its competitiveness, accelerate its energy transition plans and help to make distributing profits to shareholders more straightforward.

A final tally of results showed 99.8% of shareholders backed the special resolution, according to Reuters. The motion had required the approval of at least 75% of the votes cast to pass.

The proposal will likely see the company drop the “Royal Dutch” from its name to become “Shell PLC.” A move to London from The Hague is expected sometime early next year.

Critics of the move argue Shell’s proposed relocation is partly motivated by a landmark courtroom defeat earlier this year, a decision the company is appealing. A Dutch court ruled in May that Shell must reduce its global carbon emissions by 45% by the end of 2030, compared with 2019 levels.

The verdict marked the first time in history that a company had been legally obliged to align its policies with the Paris Agreement and reflected a watershed moment in the climate battle. read more

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Shell shareholders vote on move to London

Shell shareholders vote on move to London

Fri, December 10, 2021, 2:03 AM: AFP

Shareholders in oil giant Shell will vote Friday on plans to switch its headquarters from the Netherlands to Britain after a century and drop Royal Dutch from the name.

Europe’s biggest energy firm says the move would simplify its tax and share arrangements, and accelerate its transition to net-zero emissions.

But its chairman also admitted the plan was driven by the Dutch government’s scrapping of plans to withdraw a tax on dividends.

The Dutch government said it was “unpleasantly surprised” by the plan, while Britain has hailed it as a vote of confidence in the British economy post-Brexit. read more

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Groningen residents received 1.2 billion euros in earthquake damage compensation

DutchNews. 27 Oct 2021: NL

The Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij (NAM) set up in 1947 by Shell and Esso, is being dismantled, ending 75 years of Dutch gas extraction

The company, which is now 50% owned by Shell and 50% by ExxonMobil, is being chopped into four separate limited companies which will be sold off, including all its Dutch oil and gas interests, apart from the Groningen field which is being wound down.

SOURCE

Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij BV (NAM), a joint venture between Royal Dutch Shell and ExxonMobil each owning a 50% share in the company responsible for the earthquake blighted Groningen Gas Field and consequential potential bill for untold billions in damages to affected residences. read more

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Forget Shell

Bloomberg

Forget Shell. Amsterdam Stock Market’s Having a Knock-Out Year

2nd Dec 2021

(Bloomberg) — At a time when Royal Dutch Shell Plc is moving its headquarters out of the Netherlands, Amsterdam might fear losing some of the momentum that’s made it continental Europe’s pre-eminent stock trading centre.

Shell said on Nov. 15 that as part of a plan to simplify the oil giant’s structure, it will relocate its tax residence to the U.K. and move top executives from The Hague to London. The announcement came a year after Unilever Plc, the Anglo-Dutch owner of household products such as Omo and Lifebuoy soap, also opted to become a solely British company. read more

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Shell holds talks with investors to push through London HQ move

CITI A.M.

Shell holds talks with investors to push through London HQ move

BY: NICHOLAS EARL: TUESDAY 23 NOVEMBER 2021 4:28 PM

Royal Dutch Shell is looking to persuade investors to back its plan to relocate the company’s headquarters from the Netherlands to UK.

The oil giant’s management team has set up more than 100 meetings with leading investors in recent days to push through historic company, sources told Reuters.

Shell announced earlier this month they would scrap dual Anglo-Dutch share structure, move to London from The Hague, and ditch the Royal Dutch branding after 114 years of holding the name. read more

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