The climate protection movement Fridays for Future (FFF) is planning demonstrations in front of several offices of the technology group Siemens in German cities - including in front of the group headquarters in Munich. In addition, Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser and FFF activist Luisa Neubauer will meet, the group had previously confirmed the invitation to the climate activist.
The background to this is a controversial delivery of a Siemens train signaling system for a planned coal mine in Australia. The climate protectors asked Siemens to stop doing business. After protests in mid-December, Kaeser announced that it wanted to examine the order. The decision could be made later this week, as can be heard from the corporate environment. According to circles, the business has a volume of around 20 million euros.
The fact that Siemens is striving for climate neutrality and at the same time wants to equip the large-scale project planned in Australia with technology is a blatant contradiction that can not be justified, said Neubauer der Augsburger Allgemeine . "As a company that has understood - or pretends to understand what the man-made climate crisis means - there is no justification for sticking to a project like the Adani mine," said the activist.
Delivery for one of the world's largest coal mines
Siemens said about the planned talks with the FFF representative: "We take the topic very seriously and take the necessary time to hear and discuss different perspectives."
Nick Heubeck from Fridays for Future rated the offer of interviews positively. "We have such massive pressure in Germany and Australia that, with a volume of 20 million euros, I can well imagine that Siemens will make the decision that we think is reasonable."
The Indian industrial group Adani wants to build one of the largest coal mines in the world in Australia. It is said to extract up to 60 million tons of coal a year from five underground mines and six open-cast mines. The project has been fought by environmentalists for years.