Marjan Minnesma, director of Urgenda, asks outgoing Prime Minister Mark Rutte for an interview by letter.

It appears that the State of the Netherlands has not complied with the verdict in the climate case.

If there is no plan to realize this within a month, "then the process back to court is near", Minnesma tells NU.nl.

"All coal-fired power stations are on again, and road traffic is increasing again," Minnesma says.

"While we did not achieve the climate target last year, despite the corona crisis, with a probable surplus of 1 to 2 million tons of CO2, the gap threatens to widen by four to eight times this year - completely contrary to the judgment of our highest court. . "

According to the verdict in the climate case, Dutch greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 had to be at least 25 percent below the 1990 level.

Based on preliminary emission figures from Statistics Netherlands, this does not seem to have happened.

Moreover, Dutch greenhouse gas emissions will rise again in 2021, so that without targeted policy they will again exceed the 1990 limit value.

That, too, is in conflict with the judgment, which not only applies to the year 2020, but also to the years after.

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Build wind turbines yourself and Tata Steel on hydrogen

Judges see the emission reduction as the minimal effort that the Netherlands had to make, in line with international agreements, to protect its citizens against the consequences of climate change, such as heat waves, drought and sea level rise.

The original verdict dates from 2015, and was upheld by the Supreme Court and the Supreme Court in 2018 and 2019.

It is an exceptional situation, legal scholars previously told NU.nl. The State is obliged to execute the judgment, and can be induced to do so with a penalty. The case may also appear before the European Court of Human Rights.

Minnesma still wants to avert this, and calls on the outgoing cabinet and the negotiators and formateur to agree on a package of measures that will bring emissions below the upper limit this year.



She also calls for the goals and measures for 2030 to be tightened, and to guarantee progress in tightening the climate law.

She argues for large investments in the hydrogen economy that should make coal use by Tata Steel superfluous, for example, and the building of wind turbines for the North Sea in a factory in IJmuiden.

It should create two to four thousand new jobs in that place.

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Germany tightens up climate policy after court ruling

Urgenda's climate case was the first in the world and is widely followed internationally. In Germany, among others, the highest court recently ruled that climate policy was insufficient.

Minnesma sees a big contrast between the Netherlands and Germany in how the ruling is handled: "Angela Merkel responds very constructively to the role that judges play within the rule of law. Within a week, the German government took the initiative to tighten the climate goals, both for the short term as well as the long term. "



Merkel explained to Dutch young people this week that the German court has ruled that Germany would overburden future generations with the old climate target for 2030, and that it therefore had to adjust those targets. "We can take that as an example. The Netherlands also has far too low targets for 2030, so they have to be raised if the government does not want new lawsuits. This should be at the top of formation discussions."

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