A court in the Netherlands has ordered oil giant Royal Dutch Shell to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 45 percent in the next ten years. The ruling comes at the end of a landmark case brought by activists, who say the decision could prove to be a turning point in the fight against climate change.
The court in The Hague delivered the ruling on Wednesday. It said Shell, along with its suppliers and customers, has contributed to climate change and is threatening human lives with its actions.
Environmental activists and citizens filed the suit two years ago, saying the company was not doing enough to reduce emissions.
Shell plans to appeal the ruling. It said in a statement that it has already invested billions of dollars in forms of low-carbon energy, including hydrogen.
Experts say the decision will be crucial to rein in high-emitting companies, as it sets a numerical standard to judge their reduction efforts.