Climate activists up pressure on Siemens over Australian coal mine contract

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Germany’s Fridays for Future student climate protest movement has increased the pressure on engineering conglomerate Siemens for its involvement in the controversial Adani coal mine project in Australia. The activists have called for demonstrations at Siemens sites across the country on Friday, arguing that while Siemens “promises in Germany to take responsibility for the climate and become carbon-neutral by 2030, [it supports]a backward-looking project in Australia, as well as the destruction of our planet and our future”.

Siemens has been awarded a contract for supplying rail signalling infrastructure for the line from the mine in Queensland. Industry sources told business daily Handelsblatt the contract is worth around 20 million euro, according to CLEW.

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