Renewable Energy Risking Rights & Returns: An analysis of solar, bioenergy & geothermal sectors

This briefing analyses 59 solar, bioenergy and geothermal companies' human rights policies and practices on five key areas: human rights commitment, community consultations, grievance mechanisms, labour rights and supply chain monitoring. It includes information on allegations against companies as well as emerging best practices.

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23 January 2019


  • 可再生能源是我們向低碳經濟轉型的關鍵,但可再生能源開發公司的人權政策和做法尚不足以確保這種轉變能夠快速而公平地進行。
  • 證據表明,不尊重人權可能導致可再生能源公司項目延誤、受法律程序掣肘並增加公司成本,因此公司迫切需要加強人權盡職調查。我們不能因為這些阻礙而放緩向可再生能源轉型。
  • 隨著可再生能源投資在人權保護薄弱的國家擴張,投資者必須加大工作力度,以確保其投資項目尊重人權。

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23 January 2019


  • 可再生能源是我们向低碳经济转型的关键,但可再生能源开发公司的人权政策和做法尚不足以确保这种转变能够快速而公平地进行。
  • 证据表明,不尊重人权可能导致可再生能源公司项目延误、受法律程序掣肘并增加公司成本,因此公司迫切需要加强人权尽职调查。 我们不能因为这些阻碍而放缓向可再生能源转型。
  • 随着可再生能源投资在人权保护薄弱的国家扩张,投资者必须加大工作力度,以确保其投资项目尊重人权。

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Author: Centro de Información sobre Empresas y Derechos Humanos

"Riesgos para los derechos y ventajas de las energías renovables: Un análisis sobre los compromisos en materia de derechos humanos de las empresas solares, de bioenergía y geotérmicas", Septiembre 2018

Mensajes clave

  • Las energías renovables son fundamentales para nuestra transición hacia una economía baja en carbono, pero las políticas y prácticas de derechos humanos de las empresas no son aún lo suficientemente sólidas como para que esta transición se produzca de forma rápida y justa.
  • Está demostrado que, cuando no se respetan los derechos humanos, se producen retrocesos, procesos jurídicos y costos para las empresas de energías renovables, lo que pone de manifiesto la urgencia de fortalecer la debida diligencia en materia de derechos humanos. No podemos permitirnos ralentizar esta importante transición hacia la energía renovable con este tipo de impedimentos.
  • A medida que las inversiones en energías renovables se extienden en países con una frágil protección de los derechos humanos, los inversores deben intensificar su compromiso para que los proyectos respeten los derechos humanos

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5 September 2018

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Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Key messages

  • Renewable energy is key for our transition to a low-carbon economy, but companies’ human rights policies and practices are not yet strong enough to ensure this transition is both fast and fair.
  • Evidence shows failure to respect human rights can result in project delays, legal procedures and costs for renewable energy companies, underlying the urgency to strengthen human rights due diligence. We cannot afford to slow the critical transition to renewable energy with these kinds of impediments.
  • As renewable energy investments expand in countries with weak human rights protections, investors must step up their engagement to ensure projects respect human rights.

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5 September 2018

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

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

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...

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