Dutch Activists Demand Companies to Publish Environmental Plans

- 14 January 2022 22:53 WIB
Legal action will be underway shall the companies fail to do so before April 15. (Unsplash/Li An Yim)
Legal action will be underway shall the companies fail to do so before April 15. (Unsplash/Li An Yim)

JAKARTADAILY.ID - Milieudefensie, part of environmental group Friends of the Earth, launched a campaign on Thursday demanding 30 corporations with legal bases in the Netherlands to publish their plans to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

The group notably won a landmark court case against Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) last year, where a court ruled in May that Shell must reduce its environmental footprint.

The companies leaders recently received letters demanding them to publish plans outlining how they will cut down emissions of the heat-trapping gases by 45% from 2019 levels by 2030.

Peer de Rijk, policy officer at Milieudefensie, said legal action will be underway shall the companies fail to do so before April 15.

"We are very clear that in the end, if needed, we are willing to go to court. But of course we are hoping these companies will be moving by themselves," De Rijk told Reuters. "We are willing to engage in talks, but we are in a hurry as well, so we won't accept talks for the sake of talks themselves."

Reuters received comments from fourteen of these companies, claiming they were acting to reduce emissions. Among them are KLM, the Dutch arm of airline Air France KLM (AIRF.PA), ABN Amro bank (ABNd.AS), and supermarket operator Ahold Delhaize (AD.AS).

Also pointing to their climate efforts for Reuters were dairy group FrieslandCampina, Rabobank, bank ING Groep, insurer Aegon, nutrition maker DSM, Yara chemical, Tata Steel, Schiphol airport, energy company RWE, paint maker Akzo Nobel, insurer NN Group, products group Unilever, Pension fund ABP and pension fund PfZW.

Meanwhile, other companies that received the letter were: insurer Atradius, builder BAM Groep, dredger Boskalis Westminster, oil company BP, Dow Chemical, chemical manufacturer LyondellBasell, car producer Stellantis, Uniper energy, food group Vion, commodities trader Vitol, Vopak storage, oil major Shell and ExxonMobil.

Editor: Mukhtar Wijaya

Source: Reuters

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