(Reuters) — A lawsuit against BMW by the climate organization Deutsche Umwelthilfe demanding that the carmaker tighten its targets to reduce carbon dioxide emissions was unfounded, Munich’s district court said on Tuesday.
Deutsche Umwelthilfe said it plans to appeal the ruling.
The heads of Deutsche Umwelthilfe, in their lawsuit, called on BMW to end production of internal combustion engine cars by 2030 and limit its emissions before then to stay within a “carbon budget” they calculated for the company, a ratio of the global carbon budget compiled by the intergovernmental panel for climate change.
Failure to do so would infringe on their right to be protected from the consequences of climate change enshrined in Germany̵7;s climate protection law passed in 2021, they argued.
The court held that their arguments could be valid in theory, but there was not yet sufficient evidence that their individual rights were threatened by the automaker.
BMW had already set targets to adapt to the Paris climate agreement and existing environmental regulations, and it was not yet clear that these targets were not sufficient, the court added.