German court rejects climate suit against Mercedes-Benz


A German court on Sept. 13┬árejected a lawsuit filed by environmental group Deutsche Umwelthilfe┬á(Environmental Action Germany)┬áseeking to bar Mercedes-Benz from selling cars with combustion engines that emit greenhouse gases after 2030. Deutsche Umwelthilfe asserted┬áthat Mercedes-Benz must comply with the Paris Climate Protection Agreement and the German Climate Protection Act regarding reduction in its vehicles’┬áCO2 emissions. Deutsche Umwelthilfe charged that the “new vehicles from Mercedes have the highest CO2 emissions of all manufacturers in Europe,”┬áand “German car manufacturers have been preventing effective climate protection laws for decades.”

In response to the ruling, Deutsche Umwelthilfe stated their intent to appeal, saying they continue to “demand a drastic reduction in CO2 emissions from vehicles and the end of combustion engines for new cars by 2030 at the latest.”┬áDeutsche Umwelthilfe has additional pending climate change lawsuits against corporations including BMW and Wintershall Dea, an oil and natural gas company.

In July, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution stating that access to a clean, healthy environment is a universal human right.

From Jurist, Dec. 13. Used with permission.

See our last reports on the Paris Agreement and climate-related litigation. International cases brought by small island nations against corporate polluters are also pending.

Photo of Mercedes-Benz plant in Sindelfingen: Wikimedia Commons