Greenpeace Australia Pacific has filed a lawsuit against fossil fuel firm Woodside in the Federal Court of Australia. According to Greenpeace Australia Pacific, the case could see Woodside held to account for allegedly misleading and/or deceiving the Australian public about the enormous climate harm of its gas and oil projects.
Greenpeace Australia Pacific alleges that the fossil fuel giant has been misrepresenting its climate performance and plans. Greenpeace Australia Pacific, represented by the Environmental Defenders Office (EDO), will claim that:
- Woodside represented that it had cut the climate pollution from extracting and processing its gas and oil by 11% in 2022, but it had relied heavily on so-called “carbon offsets” – and its actual emissions went up by more than 3%.
- Woodside represented that it had a plan to be ‘net zero’ by 2050, but it had neglected to mention that this didn’t apply to the emissions produced when its oil and gas gets burnt which represents over 90% of its climate pollution.
If successful, the Federal Court case could improve the transparency of disclosure, forcing fossil fuel companies to be upfront about the scope and impact of their business plans, not trying to bury the information in the fine print.
Greenpeace Australia Pacific is claiming that Woodside – Australia’s biggest climate threat – has engaged in conduct that was misleading or deceptive or was likely to mislead or deceive when making statements about its greenhouse gas emissions and reduction plans.
Greenpeace Australia Pacific CEO, David Ritter said: “Woodside is treating the Australian public and its shareholders like mugs. We’re now asking the Federal Court to rule that Woodside’s claims are misleading. These should be corrected and the fossil fuel giant should be prevented from making these claims.”