Dutch government loses climate target appeal

The court of appeal in The Hague has upheld a landmark ruling that the Dutch government must cut CO2 emissions by at least 25% by 2020.

The court of appeal in The Hague has upheld a landmark ruling that the Dutch government must cut CO2 emissions by at least 25% by 2020.

The liberal government of Mark Rutte appealed the earlier decision by a district court that a weaker target would violate the human rights of Dutch citizens.

The landmark 2015 decision was the first time a court had ordered a government to increase its climate ambition, inspiring similar legal challenges elsewhere.

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