Germany court rejects environmental lawsuit in favor of Mercedes-Benz
A German court dismissed a lawsuit filed by environmental group Deutsche Umwelthilfe intended to ban Mercedes-Benz from selling cars with combustion engines that produce greenhouse gases after 2030. Deutsche Umwelthilfe asserted that Mercedes-Benz must conform to the Paris Climate Protection Agreement and the German Climate Protection Act with respect to reduction in its vehicles’ CO2 emissions. Deutsche Umwelthilfe stated that the new vehicles from Mercedes have the highest CO2 outflows of all manufacturers in Europe and “the German car manufacturers have been preventing viable environmental protection laws for decades. Deutsche Umwelthilfe has additional pending environmental change lawsuits against companies including BMW and Wintershall Dea, an oil and natural gas company.
In July, the UN General Assembly embraced a resolution expressing that access to a clean, healthy environment is a universal human right.