Because the official permit for the factory in Grünheide was still pending, Tesla criticized the constraints in Germany’s licensing law in the ten-page incendiary letter. In the paper, the company asked the Federal Republic to give priority to an energy transition project for approval.
The letter, addressed to the Berlin-Brandenburg Administrative Court and reported by German media, is a letter of indirect support for the lawsuit filed by the environmental protection agency Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH) against the Federal Republic of Germany to enforce concrete governance. program to implement the Paris Climate Agreement signed by Germany.
With the construction of its electric car factory in Grünheide, Tesla contributed concrete practical experience. Following the announcement in November 2019, production will begin there this July, but the California company is still awaiting final environmental approval. So far, all construction progress in Grünheide is based solely on temporary permit made possible by the Federal Immission Control Act. If Tesla is denied final environmental approval, Tesla will have to dismantle everything at his own expense.
In the future, 500,000 electric cars per year will be produced in Brandenburg. Production of battery cells is also planned. According to the article recently published on Handelsblatt, Tesla wants to apply for a license to produce battery cells in Grünheide by July this year. According to this, The start of cell production is targeted for 2022.
Tesla now took it off frustration with the German licensing authority. Several media outlets quoted from a ten-page public letter dated April 7: “Tesla Brandenburg has experienced firsthand that obstacles in the German licensing law are slowing down the necessary industrial transformation and thus transportation and energy cycles,” the letter said. In contrast to Germany’s ambitious climate goals, “Germany’s licensing and planning process stems from a time when these concerns appear less urgent.”
“The result is an approval process for what constitutes an environmentally friendly project still the same as a coal-fired power plant,” wrote Tesla. The process is taking too long, “it is very difficult to make changes even though it is overall positive” and “the process is fraught with legal risks at every step of the way”. This is hampering necessary investment in clean energy projects and infrastructure and making Germany nearly impossible to achieve its climate goals. Tesla denounced, with respect to Gigafactory 4, “that 16 months after application there is still no timetable for issuing final permits.” This is “very annoying” because “the basic permits for the project have been checked and confirmed by several courts and not a single court decision has questioned the basic approval of the project.”
The sender of the letter was ‘Tesla Manufacturing Brandenburg SE’; a branch of an auto manufacturer set up for the construction of a local factory. According to Daily mirror, the letter was addressed to the Berlin-Brandenburg Administrative Court as a letter of indirect support for the aforementioned DUH lawsuit. This is clear from the following passage in the paper: “Tesla Brandenburg was aware of the DUH demands from the public and argued that it was in the interests of the High Administrative Court and the parties involved in this process which Tesla Brandenburg shared his experience with the German approval procedure. “
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