Demand for combustion engine exit: BMW refers to politics

Released on 19.09. 2021

  • BMW rejects the demand of Deutsche Umwelthilfe, from 2030 worldwide no more cars with gasoline or diesel engines to sell. Photo: Christophe Gateau

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Deutsche Umwelthilfe had requested a cease and desist declaration from BMW. She wants the car manufacturer to stop selling combustion engines by 2030. Now the company reacts and refers to the policy.

Munich (dpa) – BMW rejects the demand of the German Environmental Aid (DUH), from 2030 worldwide no car with gasoline – or to sell more diesel engines.

The association had demanded a cease and desist from BMW by Monday at the latest and threatened a lawsuit. The Munich-based car manufacturer now writes in its reply letter that the democratically legitimized parliaments decided on the way to achieve the climate goals. The legislature weighs up all the social concerns concerned. A legal dispute between two private parties could not replace this democratic process.

Therefore, BMW rejects the alleged injunction of the DUH, it says in the letter, which the German press agency excerpts is present. A BMW spokesman did not want to comment on this. As a contribution to limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees, BMW wants to reduce the CO2 emissions of its cars from raw materials through production to the end of use up to 2030 by 40 percent.

The DUH and Greenpeace had sent Mercedes-Benz and the VW group the same injunctive relief. The energy group Wintershall Dea should undertake to DUH not to develop any more oil or gas fields from 2026.

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