Dutch high court greenlights controversial carbon capture project


The highest Dutch administrative court has ruled that construction of a major carbon capture project in the Rotterdam port area can continue, despite having been challenged by environmental campaigners.

According to environmental campaign group MOB, nitrogen oxide emissions released during the construction process would negatively impact surrounding nature reserves.

The case was brought to court last November, when it was suggested that the project might have to be halted because it did not meet European environmental guidelines.

However, research undertaken by the government had ‘objectively shown’ that the effects of construction on the nature reserves would be limited and temporary.

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