Believing that BMW and Daimler are violent “the fundamental right to climate protection”, the action brought seeks to “impose the end of diesel and gasoline cars from 2030”, according to a statement from the organization Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH), one of the main German associations for the defense of the environment.
These complaints, lodged with the courts of Stuttgart and Munich, the headquarters of each of the groups, were announced in early September by DUH and Greenpeace. The two NGOs had said to allow the builders a period of a few weeks to present their defense.
The first German manufacturer, Volkswagen, must also be the subject of a similar appeal if it does not respond to the injunction of environmentalists by the end of October. These lawsuits are a first, explain the organizations, because they are based on the decision handed down in the spring by the Constitutional Court of Karlsruhe which made climate protection a fundamental right in Germany.
The highest judicial body in the country had thus forced Angela Merkel’s government to strengthen its climate objectives, as part of an emergency procedure. Under pressure from ever more demanding environmental standards, almost all manufacturers have unveiled a release schedule for diesel and gasoline vehicles, over the course of several years and rarely in all international markets at the same time.
Daimler reacted on Tuesday, explaining in a statement having “clearly accepted the objectives of the Paris climate agreement and the need to decarbonise the automotive industry”. (with AFP)