Greenpeace Germany, an independent global environments campaigning group, along with Clara Mayer, a young climate activist from Germany, have reportedly filed a lawsuit against leading German car manufacturer, Volkswagen, in a German court for ‘driving the climate crisis’.
According to reports, the car manufacturer, regarded one of the largest in the world, has allegedly been accused of failing to make a contribution towards combating global warming.
Both claimants, the NGO and Clara Mayer, had given the German automaker approximately eight weeks to effectively and closely consider their demands prior to filing the supposed lawsuit at the Court of Braunschweig, Germany.
Among their demands, were two objectives for 2030; ending internal combustion engine (ICE) production and a reducing overall carbon emissions by 65% at the very least from 2018 levels.
Sources privy to the matter cite, Volkswagen declined the conditions set by the claimants on the 28th of October, 2021.
Martin Kaiser, executive director, Greenpeace Germany, stated that automakers like Volkswagen must be held accountable and should move much quicker to completely phase out the environmentally damaging internal combustion engines, effectively decarbonizing their operations without any further delay.
According to ongoing negotiations at the COP26 summit in Glasgow, the 1.5-degree target is in jeopardy, and it can only be accomplished if government as well as business take bold steps. However, while people are being increasingly affected by climate-change triggered floods as well as droughts, CO2 emissions from the transportation sector continues to climb.
Greenpeace Germany estimates that if the case is successfully defended in court, it would make sure that compared to VW’s existing plans, two gigatons less carbon emissions would be released into the atmosphere by end of 2040.
Apparently, as per the NGO’s calculations, the aforementioned number equates to more than double the global yearly aviation emissions.
Volkswagen stated that the company stands for environment protection and decarbonization of the transportation sector, but that it cannot address this challenge alone.
Back in September, the directors of the German environmental group, Deutsche Umwelthilfe, filed a similar lawsuit against BMW and Daimler, after both corporations refused to stop the production of fossil-fuel-powered cars by 2030 and reduce CO2 emissions before then.
The district court in Germany would now decide if the matter must be pursued forward, and any possible court decision might take years.