Environmental protection groups are suing BMW and Daimler in Germany
The case demands the companies to stop production of internal combustion engines by 2030 and to limit their emissions before then
Shell Oil has already lost a similar case in the Netherlands
German environmentalist group Deutsche Umwelthilfe filed a suit against BMW and Daimler (the parent company of Mercedes-Benz) on the 20th of September because the companies are not doing enough to fight against climate change, according to the plaintiff.
The case demands the automakers set a 2030 deadline for the production of internal combustion engines as well as taking additional steps to reduce their environmental footprint before the end of the decade.
BMW planned to have 50% of its sales be electric by 2030, while Daimler had already committed to produce only electric vehicles by that time.
Neither company has commented on the lawsuit as of yet.
The initiative by the green group is the first time private citizens have sued companies over their impact on climate change in Germany
This lawsuit is enabled by last year’s ruling from the country’s top court which determined the established climate laws were not doing enough to protect the planet.
A similar case in the Netherlands has already been lost by the Shell Oil company.
If the green group wins this case, many other will follow against other automakers and companies such as airlines and energy providers.
Indeed, Greenpeace is already planning to sue Volkswagen in a similar case in Germany, and it is only a matter of time before activists around the world do the same.