Greenpeace takes Woodside to court over climate claims

Greenpeace activists hold yellow sign saying STOP WOODSIDE outside Parliament House in Canberra
Image: Greenpeace Australia Pacific

Greenpeace Australia Pacific has filed a lawsuit against Woodside in the Federal Court of Australia, alleging the fossil fuel giant has been misrepresenting its climate performance and plans.

Represented by the Environmental Defenders Office (EDO), Greenpeace Australia Pacific alleges Woodside 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.

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Greepeace claims Woodside represented it cut the climate pollution from extracting and processing its gas and oil by 11% in 2022, but had relied heavily on so-called “carbon offsets”, with its actual emissions going up by more than 3%.

Woodside said it would defend itself against the claims, which a spokesperson said were without merit.

The case comes at the conclusion of global climate talks at COP28 and follows Greenpeace Australia Pacific’s recent scaling of a 140m crane next door to Woodside’s headquarters in Perth.

Greenpeace activists condemned Woodside’s proposed Burrup Hub project and called on decision-makers to “Stop Woodside”, ahead of an expected Federal Government decision in relation to the project in early 2024.

Greenpeace Australia Pacific CEO David Ritter said, “Woodside is treating the Australian public and its shareholders like mugs.

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“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.

“Greenpeace won’t stand idly by as Australia’s biggest climate threat—a company that is profiteering from climate devastation—buries the truth about its impact in the fine print.”

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