Friday Earth Sciences Talk by Dr Peter Bijl (Earth Sciences) & Dr Rianka Rijnhout (Law, Economics and Governance)
On December 20th, the supreme court of the Netherlands has presented the verdict in the State versus Urgenda case. Urgenda pressed charges against the State to force them to adhere to the Paris Agreement. The court ruled in favour of Urgenda, but the State appealed in cassation. The final verdict by the supreme court has denied all the complaints by the State, and forces to drastically reduce emissions by 2020.
In this special FEST, we will explain the many jurisdictional novelties in this court case, and review the consequences. We will discuss the historic and current Dutch emission mix, the consequences of this verdict for the Dutch and global emissions in 2020 and beyond, in comparison to stated emission reduction policies and sustainable development goals.