Shell Nederland expressed its support for the Climate Agreement on Thursday. The company did this in a letter to Ed Nijpels, chairman of the Climate Council.
In the letter, CEO Marjan van Loon writes that the Climate Agreement contains "tough tasks" to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. "But that doesn't stop us. We want to get started."
Van Loon calls the agreement, which must ensure that the greenhouse gases by 4930 reduced by 49 percent compared to 1990, very important for the energy transition.
"It brings parties together. Nobody can do it alone. This agreement ensures that both companies and the government take steps," writes the president, "that's how more countries should approach it." Shell is the first major industrial company in the Netherlands to express support for the Climate Agreement.
In a response, Nijpels calls Shell's decision "courageous and daring".
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Environmental movements respond skeptically
Environmental organizations Milieudefensie and Greenpeace are skeptical about the signing of the Climate Agreement by the oil and gas company. "Shell's support for the Dutch Climate Agreement is worth nothing if it continues to sabotage international climate goals," said Milieudefensie in a response.
"Unfortunately, the Climate Agreement is not enough to combat the climate crisis and make the Netherlands future-proof," writes Greenpeace. According to the organization "it actually says enough" that Shell finds the agreement "very firm". Greenpeace did not sign the agreement because, according to the environmental movement, the Climate Agreement would not go far enough.