Belgium

VZW Klimaatzaak v. Kingdom of Belgium, et al. (Court of First Instance, Brussels, 2015)

Jurisdiction: Belgium


Side A: Klimaatzaak (Ngo)


Side B: Federal Regional Government of Belgium (Government)


Core objectives: Seeking to force federal and regional governments to act to reduce greenhouse gas emissions


Summary
Similar to the Urgenda case in the Netherlands, the Klimaatzaak -- "climate case" -- was brought by an organization of concerned citizens arguing that Belgian law requires the Belgian government's approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to be more aggressive. Specifically, they call for reductions of 40% below 1990 levels by 2020 and 87.5% below 1990 levels by 2050. To date, the court has issued a ruling on procedural matters raised by the Flemish region, which the regional government has appealed. In April of 2018 that appeal was rejected. As of spring 2019, the case was proceeding on the merits.
Case documents

from the Grantham Research Institute
from the Grantham Research Institute
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