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Spanish company building Sydney's disastrous light rail is slammed for Liam Hemsworth-led celebrity ads for 'investing in the planet'

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 6/05/2018 Claudia Poposki

a city street: Acciona has filed $1.1billion proceedings against Transport for NSW in the Supreme Court for what they describe as 'misleading and deceptive' conduct (Pictured: George Street under construction) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Acciona has filed $1.1billion proceedings against Transport for NSW in the Supreme Court for what they describe as 'misleading and deceptive' conduct (Pictured: George Street under construction) The Spanish-based renewable energy and infrastructure company involved in the production of Sydney's light rail has launched a campaign to start a conversation on climate change.

In an attempt to distract from troubles with the progress of the light rail, Acciona has enlisted Australian actor Liam Hemsworth, known for his role in the Hunger Games films, and Karla Souza, who is known for her role in How To Get Away With Murder.

Acciona is part of the ALTRAC consortium, which involves three other companies, which are involved in the light-rail project in Sydney, which has been pushed back until 2020.

But according to the Daily Telegraph, a spokeswoman for Andrew Constance, the New South Wales Transport and Infrastructure Minister, said: 'They should just get on with it like most reputable contractors do.' 

Mr Hemsworth invites people to get in contact with him to discuss ways to minimise the world's footprint © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Mr Hemsworth invites people to get in contact with him to discuss ways to minimise the world's footprint In a paid endorsement video shared by Mr Hemsworth on his social media accounts, he explains how he believes it is important to 'invest in the planet'. 

He said: 'I have been invited to be a part of Acciona's new initiative on climate change and how it affects life as we know it. 

'Acciona is already delivering sustainable solutions for infrastructure and renewable projects across the world but each and every one of us should be thinking about how we can invest in our planet's future.'

He invites people to get in contact with him to discuss ways to minimise the world's footprint. 

He also shared a video campaign by the infrastructure company which depicts scenes of madness in a stock exchange typesetting before figures and numbers on screens are replaced by environmental disasters.

This all unfolds to the tune of Gary Jules' Mad World.  

a woman posing for a picture: Karla Souza (pictured) is also part of the campaign aimed at Australia, Spain, United States, Mexico, Chile and Canada © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Karla Souza (pictured) is also part of the campaign aimed at Australia, Spain, United States, Mexico, Chile and Canada

In a press release on their website, Acciona explains that: 'The international campaign will have local brand ambassadors, replicating Acciona's commitment to sharing a global vision with a local commitment in the communities where it operates.'

The website explains that the campaign: 'challenges the investment community to re-examine their investment strategies, particularly with regard to their impact on the planet.'

'Nevertheless, slow progress in arresting climate change has led ACCIONA to urge the investment community to take a step further and support initiatives to climate change.'

It is aimed at Australia, Spain, United States, Mexico, Chile and Canada.

a man taking a selfie: Liam Hemsworth (pictured) is the face of Acciona's 'invest in the planet' campaign, as the company filed proceedings against Transport for NSW over being allegedly 'misled' over the Sydney light rail project © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Liam Hemsworth (pictured) is the face of Acciona's 'invest in the planet' campaign, as the company filed proceedings against Transport for NSW over being allegedly 'misled' over the Sydney light rail project An Acciona Australia spokesman told the Daily Telegraph that the campaign was not tied to one specific project.

He said: 'It reflects our values as a company, and the importance of responsible investment in infrastructure, water and renewable energy.'

He also said: 'Allegations of a 'go slow' on SLR have been strenuously denied by ALTRAC, and at no time has any real detail been given to support the allegation. We remain fully committed to the completion of the contract.' 

Acciona has filed $1.1billion proceedings against Transport for NSW in the Supreme Court for what they describe as 'misleading and deceptive' conduct, according to the ABC.  

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Acciona Australia and Transport Minister Andrew Constance for comment. 

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