__L'affaire Climat

__L'affaire Climat

Climate Case wins on appeal too!

Climate Case won! You won! We won, all together!

On 30 November 2023, our country wrote history. That day, the Brussels Court of Appeal definitively drew a line under the negligent climate policy of the Belgian state and de Flemish and Brussels regions. And ordered them to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030. This is HUGE!

Please find the machinetranslated English verdict on this link.

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Why is this lawsuit necessary?

This lawsuit is necessary because temperature records continue to be broken, because flooding is becoming more frequent… but above all because there is no real Belgian climate policy. We’ve seen in the Netherlands that this can be enforced via legal action: the Dutch climate organisation Urgenda won a similar case that has led to an ambitious climate law.

  • 2014

  • December 1, 2014

    Climate Case sends formal notice to the four Belgian authorities

    Non-profit Climate Case formally declares the four responsible governments (the regions and the federal state) to be in breach of their climate obligations. Climate Case calls on the governments to fulfill their responsibilities – to reduce Belgium’s  greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2020 compared to 1990 levels.

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Who is Climate Case?

11 founders, 21 ambassadors and more than 40 volunteers

Climate Case was founded in 2014 by 11 concerned citizens who wanted to take action against Belgium’s ailing climate policy. Since then, 21 ambassadors and more than 40 volunteers have played their part in the project.

A team of lawyers

Carole Billiet, Audrey Baeyens of Baeyens & Billiet, with Roger Cox who won the Dutch Climate Case in 2015, represent Climate Case and all co-claimants.

A board of directors and a coordination and communication team

The eight members of the board of directors set out the strategy. Climate Case has one member of staff, Sarah Tak, who coordinates everything . She is assisted by BlueGround for bookkeeping and by Unanimous and Cypres for communication.

How do we spend our money?

The money we raise pays for our legal costs, the running costs of the non-profit and the costs of communication and fund-raising. Any money left after the case will be passed on to Belgian organisations and projects working on ecology and transition.

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