Siemens Won't Drop Australian Coal Mine Contract Despite Pressure From Greta Thunberg

Daniel Fowler
January 13, 2020

Climate activist Greta Thunberg called on German engineering group Siemens AG to stop, delay or interrupt the building of a controversial coal mine in Australia on Saturday (January 11).

Siemens was awarded a contract a year ago to provide signalling technology for a railway line to transport coal from a coal mine run by India's Adani Group in the outback.

The German industrial conglomerate's CEO, Joe Kaeser, had promised to review Siemens' involvement in the project in light of climate activists' opposition.

Germany's Siemens has made a decision to stand by a contract linked to a coal mine in Australia that climate activists had called for it to drop.

"There is practically no legally and economically responsible way to unwind the contract without neglecting fiduciary duties", he said further. "While I do have a lot of empathy for environmental matters, I do need to balance different interests of different stakeholders".

Kaeser did promise, though, that the company would better "manage in the future the questions of protecting the environment". Now, we need to be a supplier who sticks to its commitments as long as the customer stays on legal grounds, too.

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"On Monday they (Siemens) will announce their decision".

"Siemens' announcement that it will continue working on Adani's coal mine while bushfires rage in Australia is nothing short of shameful", environmental lobby group Australian Conservation Foundation said in a statement.

"If the protesters achieve their goals of ending coal mining by bullying companies into submission, the result would be millions more people without a home, without access to electricity and without as much hope as they otherwise could have", the Resources Minister said in the letter.

The group, controlled by Indian billionaire Gautam Adani, is responding to an uptick in scrutiny over the Carmichael development, including from high-profile teen activist Greta Thunberg.

"Citizens will escalate their protests until Siemens listen to the science and choose the right side of history".

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