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Dutch government in class action

15th April 2015

The Dutch government has come under fire as nearly 900 citizens bring forward a class action of the government’s failure to reduce carbon emissions fast enough. The first public hearings are due to take place next week in Hague, where the citizens involved will ask the judiciary to enforce policies on the government to reduce the country’s emissions.

A total of 886 citizens are involved in the case that those in lawyer jobs around the world will be watching closely, as it marks the first of its kind to use existing human rights and tort law to hold a government to account for not reducing carbon emissions fast enough. With the three largest UK political parties promising to work towards a legally-binding climate deal in the future, the outcome of this could be a stark warning to our own government.

The aim of the case is to enforce action where they want policies to be implemented that will see carbon emissions reduced by between 25 percent and 40 percent below 1990 levels by the year 2020.

This news comes as the European Union recently set a target of reducing emissions by 40 percent by 2030, as reported in this article.

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