Released on 21.09. 2021 BMW rejects the alleged claim of environmental aid and refers to the legislature. Photo: Christophe Gateau Already heard? You can now also have your messages read out to you. Simply click on the play symbol in any article or add the article to your personal playlist using the plus symbol and listen to it later. Listen to the article: The German Environmental Aid has made a name for itself with a wave of lawsuits for diesel driving bans in cities. Now the association is entering new legal territory and wants to force car companies to exit combustion engines. 2039 Munich \/ Stuttgart (dpa) - Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH) wants BMW and Mercedes-Benz to legally ban the construction of gasoline and diesel cars. The association has sued the two car manufacturers in the regional courts of Munich and Stuttgart. Federal Managing Director J\u00fcrgen Resch said on Tuesday: \u201cWith their particularly climate-damaging vehicle fleets and many SUV city tanks, BMW and Mercedes-Benz are violating the\u201c fundamental right to climate protection \u201d. We will put an end to diesel and gasoline cars from 2026 through legal action. \u00bb Car manufacturers refer to the legal situation The association had demanded a cease and desist declaration from the companies with a deadline of Monday, which they rejected as expected. The Daimler subsidiary Mercedes-Benz announced that it would \u201cdefend itself with all legal means\u201d. The vehicle fleet will 2039 be completely climate neutral - eleven years earlier than required by EU legislation. BMW announced that the CO2 emissions of its cars will not only be on the road, but also from raw materials to production and shutdown to 2030 reduced by 40 percent. The democratically legitimized parliaments decided on the way to achieve the climate goals. Resch was optimistic that the courts would negotiate the lawsuits in the coming year. "For more than ten years they formed a criminal cartel together with VW, which has agreed to increase profits through the use of inferior exhaust gas cleaning technology that is harmful to the environment and which has also violated the EU's CO2 limit values," said the DUH Federal Managing Director. With the lawsuits, he will force them to reduce their CO2 emissions in accordance with the rules of the Paris Climate Protection Agreement and German laws. Energy group in the focus of environmental aid Another lawsuit against the energy group Wintershall Dea is still in preparation, but will soon be brought to the Kassel regional court. According to DUH's request, Wintershall Dea is to be sentenced not to develop any more oil or gas fields from 2026. DUH lawyer Remo Klinger referred to the Federal Constitutional Court's climate share from spring. The judges had called for more ambitious climate protection. Klinger said there was \u201ca basic right to climate protection\u201d that not only obliges the state, but also corporations \u201cthat are responsible for emitting more CO2 than entire industrialized countries. We are now demanding this in court. \u201d Greenpeace had sent VW a similar request for an injunction at the beginning of September. VW therefore has until the end of October to submit the required declaration.