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Will oil giants give way to environmentalists?

Royal Dutch Shell says it will change the strategy after a court ruling forced it to cut its emissions.

It is a landmark case, brought about by climate campaigners.

For the first time, an oil giant has been legally obliged to adjust its policies to save the planet.

British-Dutch multinational Royal Dutch Shell now says it will aim to speed up its plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions in response to the ruling.

Last month, the company was ordered by a court in The Hague to reduce emissions by 45 percent by the year 2030.

The lawsuit was filed in 2019 by seven activist groups and more than 17,000 Dutch people.

Environmentalists say Shell is obliged to bring its business in line with the 2015 Paris climate accord.

What does it mean for the oil and gas industry?

Presenter: Peter Dobbie


Nine de Pater – Lead campaigner at Friends for the Earth Netherlands

Cornelia Meyer – Economist and energy analyst

Lorenzo Fioramonti – Professor of political economy at the University of Pretoria and author of Wellbeing Economy: Success in a World Without Growth