Tesla's plan to build a factory in Brandenburg has been criticized by environmentalists. After the Brandenburg Environment Ministry gave the green light to clear a 92-hectare piece of forest, it will be cleared.
Grünheide (dpa) - The forest on the future Tesla site in Grünheide near Berlin is expected to be cleared by the end of February. The work is expected to take about two weeks, said Deputy Brandenburg government spokesman Simon Zunke (Greens) from dpa.
Tesla had started the deforestation of around 90 hectares of forest on the previous evening, which are to make way for an electric car factory.
The State Office for the Environment in Brandenburg had previously given approval for the early start of deforestation, although there is still no approval for the construction of the Tesla plant. The Ministry of Environment made it clear that Tesla could start work "at your own risk". If the project is not approved, the investor would have to reforest.