Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH) v. Germany
Jurisdiction: Higher Administrative Court of Berlin-Bradenburg
Principle law(s): Federal Climate Protection Act and to change further regulations ("Bundesklimaschutzgesetz” or “KSG")
Side A: Deutsche Umwelthilfe (Ngo)
Side B: Ministry of Digital and Transport (Government)
Core objectives: Whether Federal Ministry of Digital and Transport's "Sofortprogramm" complies with Section 8(1) of KSG, which requires federal government agencies to draft immediate action programs when their emissions exceed the permissible annual emission budget.
SummaryOn September 5, 2022, environmental organization Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH; Environmental Action Germany) filed a lawsuit against the German government in the Higher Administrative Court of Berlin-Brandenburg.
1) 100/80/30 speed limits on highways/outside of cities/in cities
2) Reduction of climate damaging subsidies for, amongst others, diesel and company cars
3) Introduction of a CO2-based new registration tax
4) Nationwide 365€ ticket and rapid expansion of local public transport and rail
5) Mileage-based passenger car toll
6) Moratorium on new construction and expansion of federal road network
7) Adaptation of the Road Traffic Act and Road Traffic Regulations to reflect climate and environmental considerations
Related laws and policies
Federal Climate Protection Act and to change further regulations ("Bundesklimaschutzgesetz” or “KSG")
The purpose of this law is to ensure that national climate protection targets are met and European targets are met. It is also intended to support Germany's commitment at the UN climate summit in New York on September 23, 2019 to pursue greenhouse gas neutrality as a long-term goal by 2050. It wa...