Climate Agreement Netherlands

And the Dutch government has so far refrained from making additional plans. In a letter on 31 January, Economy and Climate Minister Eric Wiebes said the cabinet would continue to work on emission reduction measures, while ministers met with Urgenda Director Marjan Minnesma in February to discuss options. The centre of a public health crisis may seem like a strange time to make new climate commitments, but the Dutch government had little choice. A legal action brought by environmental groups in 2014, confirmed last year by the High Court, forced the government to act by the end of 2020 at the latest to bring emissions below 1990 levels to 25%. It is the protection of the climate under extreme stress. Conservative Prime Minister Mark Rutte`s government is working on new measures after the Netherlands Supreme Court in December ordered a 25 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by the end of 2020 from 1990 levels, as their share is fair in the fight against climate change. Urgenda`s decision has also made waves in the broader area of climate conflicts. The Netherlands is under pressure to reduce emissions in sectors such as electricity generation and agriculture in 2020, after a Supreme Court ruling made the government a hesitant “test” for a tougher global climate policy. The crisis has also given the government some leeway in implementing the policy.

Emissions for 2020 will be significantly reduced due to high exposure to economic activity. Pieter Boot, head of climate at the Dutch Environment Agency, estimates that even a brief blockage could bring in more than 5 million euros of the total annual amount. 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. “So far, there really haven`t been many attempts to involve people in politics to slow climate change,” says Rebecca Willis, an environmental policy researcher at Lancaster University. “Governments often prioritize policies that do not have a direct impact on people`s lives, such as switching to renewable energy.B.

But the changes that are needed now, from switching to electric vehicles and public transit to eating less meat, will affect people`s lives, and it`s important to work with people to get them involved. This was not only confirmation of the state`s commitment to urgently reduce emissions, but it was the first time a court in the world had decided that a government had explicit obligations to protect the human rights of its citizens in the face of climate change.