(Reuters) – Environmental activist Clara Mayer and the leaders of Greenpeace Germany have sued Volkswagen AG in a German court, the NGO said on Tuesday, accusing the carmaker of not doing its part to fight climate change.
Complainant had given Volkswagen eight weeks to consider their demands, which included that production of cars with internal combustion engines would cease by 2030 and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by at least 65% from 2018 levels then, before filing a lawsuit.
Volkswagen rejected the demands. Oct. 28
"Volkswagen stands for climate protection and carbon dioxide emissions in the transport sector, but it cannot tackle this challenge alone," a spokesman told Reuters.
"The task of designing appropriate measures belongs to Parliament. lawsuits against selected companies are not the place or the way to do justice to this task with great responsibility. "
A similar lawsuit was filed in late September by the heads of the German environmental organization Deutsche Umwelthilfe against BMW and Daimler, when both companies also rejected demands to stop the production of fossil fuel-based cars by 2030 and limit CO2 emissions before then.
The trials are based on two previously climate-related cars. case: a German decision in May 2020 that the country failed to protect future generations from the consequences of climate change, and a Dutch decision the same month ordering oil company Shell to reduce its emissions, the first time a private company was held responsible for its impact on the climate.