The court ordered Tesla to stop deforestation at the Gigafactory construction site near BerlinFebruary 16, 2020
The Berlin-Brandenburg High Administrative Court (OVG) on Saturday ordered a suspension of tree felling in the vicinity of Berlin, where Tesla, the American electric car maker, plans to build its first European factory, Gigafactory.
Tesla is building a large plant on the site of a forest in Grüngide, planning to begin production of electric cars next year there.
Only on Friday did a court in Frankfurt an Oder reject an emergency lawsuit from two German environmental groups who wanted to prevent tree felling in a forest near Berlin, allowing Tesla to do the work.
And on Saturday, the Higher Administrative Court ordered the deforestation to be stopped until the activists ’complaint on Friday’s court decision was examined.
Tesla began clearing forests on an area of 92 hectares on Thursday. After criticizing the environmental groups, the company has already announced various activities to relocate wildlife from the affected areas.
According to the German newspaper Tagesspiegel, Tesla is supposed to relocate “forest ants, reptiles and five bats” from the area. The car manufacturer also promised to hang 400 birdhouses here to offset the effects of deforestation on bird habitats.
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