Posted On : 21 Sep, 2021
Bayerische Motoren Werke (BMW) and Daimler are now in a problem when German activities have filed a lawsuit against automakers BMW and Daimler for refusing to tighten carbon emissions (the act of sending out gas, headlight) goals. This is the first time German citizens have sued private companies for exacerbating climate change.
Deutsche Umwelthilfe e.V. is a non-profit environmental and consumer protection association, supported by public and private project grants and donations. It is a member of the European Environmental Bureau, in Brussels. It has filed a case against these two big brands. Moreover, Greenpeace (a non-governmental environmental organization) is going to file a case against Volkswagen.
Lets us understand its core and reasons:
Germany’s top court made the rule in May last year that climate law is not enough doing to change the environment and future generations. To protect it they set the emission budgets for major economic sectors and to increase the percentage by which emissions should be reduced from 55% to 65% of 1990 levels by 2030. The booster to these was given by the environmental groups when they have won the case against oil company Shell for not doing what is good for the environment and meeting the government standards of climate.
It is important because it is affecting people’s life by emitting unhealthy emissions from their products. Secondly, Company has to set the target of its emission based on it they can prove in the court that they are following the government norms. Four-wheeler repair shops have to improve their technology in a way that it does not affect the environment.
BMW and Daimler aim to produce mass production of electric vehicles by 2030. To reduce CO2 emissions per vehicle by 40% is the aim of all vehicles producing companies. Further, Volkswagen said that it would stop producing fossil fuel-emitting cars by 2035. These companies are currently not able to meet the standards of climate laws.
On Monday, Daimler said, "We have long provided a clear statement for the path to climate neutrality: we aim to be fully electric by the end of the decade - wherever market conditions allow."
BMW said its climate targets were already at the forefront of the industry, and its goals were in line with the ambition of keeping global warming under 1.5 degrees.
Volkswagen said, “it would consider the case, but that it does not view suing individual firms as a suitable method to tackle societal challenges."
It is high time for all big brands to take care of the environment otherwise they have to face the law because life is more precious than a luxury.