Umwelthilfe files suit against BMW and Mercedes-Benz

Released on 21.09. 2021

  • BMW rejects the alleged claim of environmental aid and refers to the legislature. Photo: Christophe Gateau

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For the first time, Deutsche Umwelthilfe has filed a climate action against German companies. The car manufacturers BMW and Mercedes-Benz should be forced to exit combustion engines up to 2030.

Berlin (dpa) – Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH) wants the car manufacturers BMW and Mercedes-Benz to phase out combustion by 2021 force.

On Monday, the association filed climate action against German companies for the first time, the DUH announced. The complaints were therefore submitted to the competent regional courts in Munich and Stuttgart. The association demands that BMW and the Daimler subsidiary Mercedes-Benz “convert their companies to climate-friendly, particularly by drastically reducing the CO2 emissions of their vehicles in accordance with the binding regulations of the Paris Agreement and the German Climate Protection Act”. The two car manufacturers are to stop the sale of climate-damaging combustion cars by 2030

The DUH had previously demanded a corresponding declaration of discontinuance from the car manufacturers by Monday at the latest and threatened with a lawsuit. On Tuesday morning, in response to a dpa request, BMW initially referred to the reply that had already been sent to the DUH, in which BMW rejected the alleged environmental aid claim and referred to the legislature. The democratically legitimized parliaments decided on the way to achieve the climate goals, it said in the letter the complaints are there. ” The company’s reply to the DUH stated that there was no basis for a declaration of discontinuance, “because we have long since made a clear declaration for changing lanes to climate neutrality.”

“It happened exactly as we thought it would, ”said DUH lawyer Remo Klinger to the“ Handelsblatt ”. The climate lawyer is confident that oral negotiations could start next year. Another lawsuit against the oil and gas company Wintershall is still in preparation, but will soon go to the Kassel regional court. According to DUH, these are the first proceedings against German companies based on a groundbreaking climate component of the Federal Constitutional Court in the spring.

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