Kaeser said Siemens, which supports the Paris climate agreement to curb carbon emissions, faced "a hard decision" because it had a contractual obligation to deliver the signalling system for the planned mine in Queensland. Please help pushing them to make the only right decision.
"We don't have the time for companies to spend their hours on sustainability boards while there is time [for them] to act".
"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.
Australia is already one of the top exporters of coal in the world, and according to the protest group StopAdani, the mine will release an estimated 4.6bn tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, and will also gain access to 170bn litres of sacred groundwater.
Kaeser did promise, though, that the company would better "manage in the future the questions of protecting the environment".More news: Whitney Houston, Notorious B.I.G. among Rock Hall inductees
"We have just finished our special meeting".
Kaeser announced on Sunday evening that Siemens would "fulfill their contractual obligations" on the project.
"Although I have a great deal of empathy for environmental issues, I have to balance different interests of different stakeholders, as long as they have legitimate legitimacy for what they do", Kaeser said.
In a statement on their website "Fridays for Future" said Siemens' decision was "catastrophic", and that the mine "threatens worldwide efforts to keep global warming under 1.5 degrees Celsius".
Neubauer accused companies involved in financing fossil fuels of using "creative PR" to burnish their green credentials.More news: Queen To Headline Australian Bushfire Relief Fundraiser
"I do realise, most of you would have hoped for more", Kaeser said in the statement.
Australian supporters of the Carmichael mine project say it will bring much-needed jobs to rural Queensland.
The world's largest coral reef system faces multiple threats to its survival, most notably rising sea temperatures caused by climate change, water pollution and coral-eating starfish.
Adani Enterprises is an integrated infrastructure company with businesses spanning coal trading, coal mining, oil and gas exploration, ports, multi-modal logistics, power generation, and transmission and gas distribution.
Andrew Grant, head analyst at the Carbon Tracker think tank, told AFP that coal was facing an oversupply crisis, with known reserves containing enough fuel for the next 130 years.More news: Trump is diverting another $ 7.2 billion to Pentagon funds for border wall