In a climate protection dispute between an organic farmer and the car company Volkswagen (VW), the Detmold district court will decide on Friday how to proceed. The 62-year-old farmer calls on the group to drastically reduce the sale of cars with internal combustion engines in this decade and to stop them altogether in 2030. He sees Volkswagen, as the world’s second largest car company, as partly responsible for the fact that it has suffered considerable damage as a result of climate change and has a difficult future ahead of it.
The lawsuit is supported by Greenpeace. VW denies the allegations and has requested that the lawsuit be dismissed. In a reply, VW argues, among other things, that the use of cars lies within the driver’s sphere of influence. In addition, VW emphasizes progress in electromobility.
However, these are not sufficient for the plaintiff. At a hearing in May, the court criticized the allegations, but gave the plaintiff the opportunity to specify. The court could dismiss the lawsuit on Friday. According to a court spokesman, however, it is “predominantly likely” that an oral hearing will be scheduled for a new hearing date because of the newly formulated motions.
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