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(Reuters) — Friends of the Earth plans to file a lawsuit against Royal Dutch Shell P.L.C., accusing the oil company of failing to act on climate change, the environmental activist group said on Tuesday.
Shell has set out "ambitions" to halve carbon emissions by 2050 and expand in renewables, but the Anglo-Dutch company has come under pressure from investors and activists to reduce its carbon footprint and comply with the 2015 international Paris climate agreement.
Friends of the Earth informed the oil and gas company last month it planned to take legal action if Shell did not reduce investment in fossil fuels and cut greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050.
In response, Shell Company Secretary Linda Szymanski said in a letter, dated May 28, seen by Reuters, that the company did not believe that these claims had merit. "Nor do we consider that the courts provide the right forum to advance the global energy transition."
A Shell spokeswoman confirmed the letter had been sent and its content.
Sam Cossar-Gilbert of Friends of the Earth International said in a statement: "Yesterday Shell rejected our demands, so now we will take them to court, formal summons will be issued shortly."
The lawsuit will be filed in the Netherlands.
Pakistan's Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority has ordered oil and gas firm Shell Pakistan Ltd. to pay about 257 million Pakistani rupees ($2.4 million) in damages and compensation for a tanker explosion in Punjab province in June, Hazardex reported. The road accident, which killed more than 200 people, was caused by "non-professional driving/vehicle being lesser than required specs", the regulator said. Shell Pakistan is a unit of Royal Dutch Shell P.L.C.