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

Year opened: 2015
Status: Open
Jurisdiction: Belgium
Principle law(s):
Mitigation/adaptation: Mitigation


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.

Core objective(s): Seeking to force federal and regional governments to act to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
Side A: Klimaatzaak (Ngo)
Side B: Federal Regional Government of Belgium (Government)
  • Pending (Court of First Instance)
Case document(s):

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