10 October 2019
This morning at its annual general meeting (AGM) in Sydney, engineering consultancy Cardno’s Chairman committed the company to doing no further work on the disastrous Adani Carmichael coal project.
Cardno, which has been involved with Carmichael since at least as early as 2013, will be winding up its final contract on the climate-wrecking project in a “few weeks” and not accepting any further work.
Under questioning from a shareholder, Chairman Michael Alscher revealed that its work for Adani had been controversial with both staff and customers.
“Adani has been very controversial, not only with people outside the company, it’s been controversial with staff as well as other customers of the company.
“We are currently doing some work for a subcontractor on Adani, which is expected to finish over the next few weeks.
As a company we have decided that we will not do any further work on Adani…”Cardno Chairman Michael Alscher
When pressed for further information, Cardno’s Chair indicated that it was time to take sides with regards to the climate crisis:
“There’s a lot of concerns internally as to the whole project. A lot of concerns raised by staff, as well as by other customers. And I think we have to take a view whether we’re standing with one group of customers or whether we’re going to stand with another group of customers.
“So we decided as a company that, given the project and the controversy around it, that it is best that we not participate in the project going forward.”
However, Cardno still has a lot of work to do if it is going to align its business with limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees. Under further questioning, the company said it would continue to work on fossil fuel expansion projects, and even coal mining projects, despite its principled (if very late) position on Adani Carmichael.