Siemens keeps contract with Adani despite public backlash

Andrew Cummings
January 13, 2020

"It seems that Siemens have the power to stop, delay or at least interrupt the building of the huge Adani coal mine in Australia", Thunberg tweeted.

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

On Saturday Thunberg called for Siemens to review its role in the project.

"The Adani mining project has been approved by the Government of Australia, the Highest Courts and, very importantly to us, the indigenous Wangan and Jagalingou people", Siemens chief executive Joe Kaeser said.

He also promised that Siemens, which supports the Paris climate agreement to curb carbon emissions, would create a body to better "manage in the future the questions of protecting the environment".

"While I do have a lot of empathy for environmental matters, I do need to balance different interests of different stakeholders, as long as they have lawful legitimation for what they do", Kaeser said.

"With construction of the Carmichael project well and truly underway, we have repeatedly demonstrated that we will not be intimidated or deterred from delivering on our promises", the Adani Group said in a statement today.

Siemens said it intends to honor a controversial contract to supply signaling systems to an Australian coal mine, defying the demands of activists who said they will continue protests in Germany on Monday.

But conservationists say the project threatens local vulnerable species and means coal will have to be shipped from a port near the already-damaged Barrier Reef.

"I do realize, most of you would have hoped for more", Kaeser said in the statement.

A protest group that has disrupted the operations of companies linked to Adani's mine said they would target Siemens.

Siemens made a significant commitment to help tackle climate change in 2015, being the first global industry company of its size to pledge to become carbon neutral by 2030.

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