German environmental group launches climate lawsuit against carmakers

German charity Environmental Action Germany (DUH) is aiming to force carmakers BMW and Mercedes-Benz to phase out internal combustion engines by 2030 with a new legal challenge.

The association filed its first climate lawsuits against German companies on Monday, DUH announced.

The association is demanding that BMW and the Daimler subsidiary Mercedes-Benz “drastically reduce the CO2 emissions of their vehicles in accordance with the binding regulations of the Paris Climate Agreement and the German Climate Change Act.”

On Tuesday morning, BMW sent a letter rejecting the DUH arguments in the lawsuit, and arguing that climate targets were decided by parliament.