Dutch court orders major carbon emission cuts by 2020

Court in Netherlands demands Dutch government to slash its carbon emissions by 2020 by at least 25 percent

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

A Dutch court ruling required the country to slash greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25 percent by 2020 in an important step expected to influence the rest of the world.

The ruling came after hundreds of Dutch citizens started a legal campaign two years ago against the government, to force the decrease of greenhouse carbon emissions.

Due to the threat of climate change, three judges declared that government planning to slash emissions by only 14-17 percent levels by 2020 were unlawful.

The court announced its determination regarding the issue stating,

"The parties agree that the severity and magnitude of climate change make it necessary to take measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

"The state must do more to reverse the imminent danger caused by climate change, given also its duty to protect and improve the environment."

Effective control of Dutch emissions is "one of the state's tasks,” added the court.

Head of Urgenda, an environmental rights group, Marjan Minnesma announced they wanted The Hague to decrease greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2020.

A long hoped deal is to be decided on in Paris for other nations  to issue their own plans for the decrease of greenhouse gas emissions in December.

The European Union said it would decrease emissions by 40 percent to 1999 levels by 2030.

The United States, world's second-largest polluter after China,also stated it wanted to reduce its emissions by between 26-28 percent by 2025.


TRTWorld and agencies