(Reuters) — A regional court in Germany has dismissed a case led by Greenpeace against Volkswagen, urging the carmaker to tighten its carbon emissions targets, the company and the climate group said in separate statements on Tuesday.
The three plaintiffs – two heads of Greenpeace Germany and environmentalist Clara Mayer – argued that the carmaker violated their fundamental freedoms through its impact on climate change.
“The last word on our climate lawsuits against Volkswagen has not been said today,” Roland Hipp, one of the plaintiffs, said in a statement. “We are planning further legal steps and are confident that we can persuade Volkswagen to do more on climate protection by legal means.”;
Volkswagen welcomed the decision and reiterated its earlier argument that civil lawsuits against individual companies were not the right way to determine climate change action.
The automaker will face another hearing on February 24 in Detmold, Germany, in a lawsuit by a farmer, also backed by Greenpeace, who claims the automaker’s emissions are destroying his land and threatening his livelihood.