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5 Sep 2018

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Press Release: Lacklustre approach to communities and workers risks renewable energy projects

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Analysis by the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre (the Resource Centre) today reveals that just 5 out of 59 major solar, bioenergy and geothermal companies meet four basic criteria to protect communities and workers in their projects. Almost half appear to have no basic protections in place. This echoes previous analysis on the wind and hydropower sectors...A fast and fair transition away from fossil fuels and towards increased use of renewable energy is critical to mitigating the effects of climate change. However, this can only be achieved if renewable energy companies are able to rapidly deploy projects in a way that respects the rights of communities and workers. Ahead of the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco next week, this new research shows that only a handful of renewable energy companies are ready to do so. The majority fail the minimum tests on human rights. This can result in project delays, legal procedures and costs for renewable energy companies, and risk investors’ capital...