Deutsche Umwelthilfe has filed its previously planned climate action against the Daimler and BMW automakers. Emissions of CO2 must be reduced.

Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH) has finally filed the climate action against BMW and Mercedes-Benz earlier this month. Companies have filed complaints with the competent regional courts in Munich and Stuttgart, requesting a climate-friendly conversion "particularly by substantially lowering the CO2 emissions of their cars," according to the environmental aid agency on Tuesday in Berlin. According to DUH lawyer Remo Klinger, the complaints to the two regional courts were filed on Monday evening.

DUH and the environmental group Greenpeace announced litigation against the automobile manufacturers VW, Mercedes, and BMW, as well as Wintershall Dea, in early September. Greenpeace, in collaboration with Clara Meyer of Fridays for Future (FFF), intends to sue Volkswagen, as well as BMW, Mercedes, and Wintershall Dea.

The groups are referring to the Federal Constitutional Court's climate component, which decided in April that future generations had a basic right to climate preservation. This basic right must be maintained "not just by the state, but also by huge businesses that generate more CO2 than entire industrialized countries," according to Klinger. "We are now requesting it in court."

According to the BMW, and Mercedes, who had been set a Monday deadline by the environmental agency, refused to commit to the elimination of combustion engines by 2030.

Following the introduction of the climate action in early September, Mercedes parent firm Daimler stated that the business has already "started the shift to carbon neutrality." In the case of a lawsuit, the firm will use "all legal means" to defend itself. BMW highlighted that the company is dedicated to the Paris climate agreement objective for limiting global warming. BMW has been a leader in the battle against climate change.


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