Roundtable: Harnessing Coastal Wind Energy Responsibly - Community Equity and Rights
Date & time: 28 June, 15:00 BST
The founding partners of the Ocean and Human Rights Platform, IHRB and the Rafto Foundation are convening a roundtable on 'Harnessing Coastal Wind Energy Responsibly: Community Equity and Rights' as part of the UN Ocean Conference in Lisbon from 15:00 to 17:00.
The roundtable will:
- explore the human rights risks and responsibilities for energy companies and financial institutions with particular regard to the impact of coastal wind projects on marginalised communities, including indigenous peoples, youth and human rights defenders.
- explore the need for new kinds of conversations and partnerships between companies and affected communities, exploring issues around consultation, the need for enhanced human rights due diligence by companies and the important question of community equity.
The purpose of the roundtable is to start an on-going dialogue convened by the Ocean and Human Rights Platform between a network of both global and community-owned energy companies, investors and indigenous community organisations to address these critical issues as the 'green rush' for renewable energy projects gathers pace.
The perspectives below will be covered with the following speakers:
- Indigenous people's perspective: Jasper Lamouelle, CEO of First Kaska (First Nation renewable energy co., Alberta, Canada)
- Regional perspective: Dag Rune Olsen, Rector, the Arctic University of Norway (UiT)
- Financial perspective: Sigrid Brynestad, Senior Sustainability Expert, Eksfin (Norwegian Export Credit Agency)
- Renewable Energy and human rights perspective: Tulika Bansal, Senior Advisor, Danish Institute for Human Rights