Documents detail what Shell knew about climate change decades ago: Greenpeace reaction

Press release - April 5, 2018
Amsterdam, Netherlands, 22 March 2018 — In response to the release of internal Shell​ ​documents today by Jelmer Mommers a climate and energy journalist for the Dutch news​ ​organisation De Correspondent, and published on Climate Files, Kees Kodde, campaigner for​ ​Greenpeace Netherlands, said:

"The new revelations confirm that Shell has known for decades that the burning of its fossil fuels products could lead to devastating climate impacts but chose to hide this information and undermine climate science and action in order to protect profits.

“These internal reports increase the risk of legal action against Shell and add to the growing pile of evidence for climate lawsuits. Shell already faces legal threats on three continents over its contributions to the climate crisis with multiple climate lawsuits in the U.S., a potential case in the Netherlands, and an investigation by the Commission on Human Rights in the Philippines.

“It's time for Shell to accept responsibility and fully disclose to the public, shareholders, and consumers what the company knew about climate change, when, and what it did in response. We’re calling on Shell to show respect for human rights, plan for a swift and just transition out of fossil fuels, and pay its fair share of the costs of climate change.”



Kees Kodde, campaigner, Greenpeace Netherlands: , +31 (0)6 53623818

Greenpeace International Press Desk: , +31 (0) 20 718 2470 (available 24 hours)

In the Philippines:

Zelda Soriano, Legal & Political Advisor, Greenpeace Southeast Asia,
, +63 917 594 9424

JP Agcaoili, Communications Manager, Greenpeace Southeast Asia - Philippines, , +63 949 889 1334