An NGO by the name of Deutsche Umwelthilfe confirmed that it is taking BMW and Daimler to court for refusing to tighten their carbon emissions targets and give up fossil fuel-emitting cars by 2030. Neither of the companies have officially set an end date for ICE car production.
As reported by Reuters, the NGO provided both manufacturers with a set of demands which were to be met on the 20th of September. Included in this list was limiting production of internal combustion cars before 2030.
BMW and Daimler confirmed to Reuters on Monday that they had not accepted the NGO’s demands.
Daimler has already confirmed that it aims to produce purely electric vehicles by 2030 and provide an electric alternative for all models by 2025. BMW also wants at least half of its global sales to be fully electric by 2030 and reduce CO2 emissions per vehicle by 40 per cent in the same timeframe.
Both firms have stated that their targets are in line with the international Paris Agreement that focuses on tackling global warming.
The defendants argue that the companies’ goals aren’t enough to adhere to the German climate ruling and carbon emissions budgets set by the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change. The NGO wants both manufacturers to legally commit to ending production of fossil fuel-emitting cars by 2030 and to ensure the CO2 emitted by their activities before those deadlines does not go beyond their fair share.
According to its calculations, the companies’ current climate goals aren’t enough to keep them within their allocated budget, meaning that even if everyone else sticks to their budgets, these companies’ activities would push emissions over the limit.
Daimler said on Monday it did not see any grounds for the case. “We have long provided a clear statement for the path to climate neutrality – it is our aim to be fully electric by the end of the decade – wherever market conditions allow,” it said in a statement.
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.