Climate Agreement The Hague 28 June 2019
In Urgenda`s complaint, the Dutch state was ordered by the Hague court to take further measures to reduce CO2 emissions in the Netherlands and to ensure that emissions levels in 2020 are at least 25% lower than in 1990. In October 2018, this decision was upheld by the Hague Court of Appeal. The case is currently being considered by the Supreme Court of the Netherlands. The Dutch government had previously failed to meet the 2020 reduction targets in the run-up to the December 2015 Paris Agreement. With this climate agreement, the Dutch government seems to have committed to meeting its 2030 climate targets. So far, the climate agreement has only been signed by coalition partners and can be amended. Greenhouse gas emissions in the Netherlands must be reduced by 25% (compared to 1990 levels) by the end of 2020. This was decided by the District Court in The Hague in 2015 in the Case of the Urgenda Foundation against the Dutch State. The Hague Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court upheld the court`s order in 2018 and 2019. The Supreme Court ruled that the Court of Appeal has been authorised and may decide that the Dutch state is obliged to achieve the 25% reduction by the end of 2020, since the risk of climate change could also have serious repercussions on the law and well-being of the people of the Netherlands. The government will continue to do everything in its power to achieve this goal.
The Netherlands Supreme Court on Friday ordered the government to reduce the country`s greenhouse gas emissions by 25% from 1990 levels by the end of 2020. It was the first time a nation had been called upon by its courts to take action to combat climate change. Michael Gerrard, director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University, said the decision was revolutionary. “There have been 1,442 climate complaints around the world,” he said. “This is the strongest decision of all time. The Supreme Court of the Netherlands upheld the Court`s first order ordering a country to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. The climate agreement is an essential part of the climate plan and the National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP) that EU member states must submit to the European Commission.