Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

courts dismisses

Clean Transport

Tesla Giga Berlin Rolling Again — Court Dismisses Environmental Complaint Against Tesla

A German court has dismissed the environmental complaint against Tesla regarding Gigafactory 4 (or Giga Berlin) in Germany. Tesla can now resume work preparing for construction.

A German court has dismissed the environmental complaint against Tesla regarding Gigafactory 4 (or Giga Berlin) in Germany. Tesla can now resume work preparing for construction.

The complaint came from some environmental associations, but it’s worth noting that many environmentalists supported Tesla’s work, not the opposition to it. In fact, many times more environmentalists probably opposed the objections.

This update came to us from Torque News, which learned about the ruling from a source in Berlin who was following the gigafactory’s construction. The Berlin Higher Administrative Court (OVG) rejected the complaint of two environmental associations against the premature start of construction on Thursday. This news is on the heels of a last-minute decision of the German court to halt the clearing of the forest where Tesla is starting to build the planned factory.

The ruling that halted the work on Giga Berlin (which is located in Brandenburg) was done by the higher administrative courts of the states of Berlin and Brandenburg and prohibited Tesla from cutting down any more trees on the 277 acre site where Gigafactory 4 will be built. The reason the courts halted the progress was due to the Green League of Brandenburg’s opposition to cutting down trees for a factory, and the fact that if there wasn’t an order to pause the cutting, Tesla might cut down all the trees it was planning to cut before a decision was made on whether or not it could. As a reminder, Tesla plans to plant many more trees to make up for the loss to this area, but that was not legally relevant.

TorqueNews points out that time is of the essence, as Tesla couldn’t cut any trees between March and autumn, which is the breeding season there. This meant that Tesla would have to wait over 6 months to cut the trees if the judges hadn’t acted quickly in this decision. The judge decided that Brandenburg’s State Environment Agency has rightly granted Tesla “Approval for early start of measures.” These court documents were shared by Twitter user GF4Tesla.

The good news is that Tesla is not back on track building its fourth gigafactory, and 3rd automotive gigafactory. Time is still of the essence, but this is Tesla we are talking about — a company that turned a muddy field into an operating gigafactory in China in less than a year.

I don't like paywalls. You don't like paywalls. Who likes paywalls? Here at CleanTechnica, we implemented a limited paywall for a while, but it always felt wrong — and it was always tough to decide what we should put behind there. In theory, your most exclusive and best content goes behind a paywall. But then fewer people read it! We just don't like paywalls, and so we've decided to ditch ours. Unfortunately, the media business is still a tough, cut-throat business with tiny margins. It's a never-ending Olympic challenge to stay above water or even perhaps — gasp — grow. So ...
If you like what we do and want to support us, please chip in a bit monthly via PayPal or Patreon to help our team do what we do! Thank you!
Sign up for daily news updates from CleanTechnica on email. Or follow us on Google News!

Have a tip for CleanTechnica, want to advertise, or want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.

Written By

Johnna owns less than one share of $TSLA currently and supports Tesla's mission. She also gardens, collects interesting minerals and can be found on TikTok


You May Also Like


Tesla has become nearly debt-free in just two decades, a feat that’s unheard of in the auto industry’s more-than-century-old history. How the electric vehicle...


New analysis exposes how costly e-fuels are threatening the EU’s climate targets.

Clean Transport

One of the big “gotchas” the anti-EV crowd tries to throw at EVs is that they’d fail you in a hurricane evacuation. I’ve covered...


It seems like most Americans are routinely hounded by annoying, scammy, spam phone calls telling you that you need to buy an extended warranty...

Copyright © 2023 CleanTechnica. The content produced by this site is for entertainment purposes only. Opinions and comments published on this site may not be sanctioned by and do not necessarily represent the views of CleanTechnica, its owners, sponsors, affiliates, or subsidiaries.