Dutch State Ordered to Cut Carbon Emissions

de Jong, Elbert R.
July 2015
European Journal of Risk Regulation;2015, Vol. 6 Issue 3, p448
Academic Journal
The Dutch State has to ensure that the Dutch emissions in the year 2020 will be at least 25% lower than those in 1990. The parties agree that the severity and scope of the climate problem make it necessary to take measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Based on the State's current policy, the Netherlands will achieve a reduction of 17% at most in 2020, which is below the norm of 25% to 40% for developed countries deemed necessary in climate science and international climate policy. With this order, the court has not entered the domain of politics. The court must provide legal protection, also in cases against the government,while respecting the government's scope for policymaking. For these reasons, the court should exercise restraint and has limited therefore the reduction order to 25%, the lower limit of the 25%-40% norm.


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