The German branch of the environmental organization Greenpeace Deutschland and 20-year-old activist Clara Mayer have sued Volkswagen, Reuters reported. In their opinion, the auto giant is not trying enough to counteract global climate change. The reason for the lawsuit was the stringent requirements put forward against Volkswagen to reduce its carbon footprint, which the auto giant completely rejected.
A number of demands put forward by Greenpeace and Meyer included phasing out the production of internal combustion engines by 2030 and reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 65 percent from 2018 at the same time.
Volkswagen officially announced on October 28 that it will not comply with the requirements. A company spokesman noted that it advocates climate protection and decarbonization of the transport sector, but “cannot do this alone.” In addition, it is the government’s prerogative to implement such measures, and civil lawsuits against individual companies will not solve the problem, he added.
In September, environmental organization Deutsche Umwelthilfe filed a similar lawsuit against BMW and Daimler, which also refused to cease production of fuel-powered cars by 2030.
Volkswagen, which is still experiencing the aftermath of the 2015 diesel scandal, is set to invest $ 110 billion in electric cars over nine years. This is the maximum volume of investments in the sector: in second place is the Chinese SAIC, which plans to spend 100 billion. In general, by 2030, the auto industry will spend $ 515 billion on the development of “green” transport, analysts calculated.