Four Islanders of Pari v. Holcim
Jurisdiction: Canton of Zug
Side A: Four Islanders of Pari (Individual)
Side B: Holcim (Corporation)
Core objectives: Civil liability of major GHG emitter for climate change-related damages suffered in a different jurisdiction; financing of anti-flooding measures; GHG emissions reductions
SummaryFour inhabitants of the Indonesian island of Pari have sued Swiss-based major buildings materials company Holcim (from 2015 to 2021: Lafarge Holcim). In July 2022, they filed a request for conciliation before the Justice of the Peace of the Canton of Zug, Switzerland. This is a necessary step required by the Swiss Civil Procedure Code.
The plaintiffs are supported by three NGOs: HEKS/EPER (Switzerland), the European Center for Constitutional and European Rights (ECCHR) and WALHI (Indonesia).
The plaintiffs request:
• proportional compensation for climate change-related damages on Pari
• reduction of CO2 emissions by 43 % by 2030, compared to 2019 levels (or according to findings of climate science in order to limit global warming to 1.5°C)
• financial contribution to adaptation measures on Pari
The claim can be seen as novel and unprecedented as it combines two approaches: reduction of GHGs and compensation.
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