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New First Nations engagement guide for the renewables industry

A new guidebook launched today to assist the clean energy industry meaningfully engage and partner with First Nations is based on all ten of the First Nations Clean Energy Network’s Best Practice Principles for Clean Energy Projects.

Co-authored by the Clean Energy Council and KPMG, Leading Principles: First Nations and Renewable Energy Projects is a guide on how to exercise meaningful engagement, consent, participation and benefit-sharing with First Nations people on renewable energy projects.

It puts into operation the Network’s Best Practice Principles, setting expectations for the clean energy industry and detailing key considerations for engagement at each stage of a project’s lifecycle.

First Nations Clean Energy Network co-chair, Karrina Nolan says the guide provides a new template for governments, industry and First Nations communities to work together towards the shared goal of more affordable, reliable and sustainable energy for all.

"First Nations are central to the Australian Government’s plan for the renewables roll out.

“Meaningful engagement with First Nations communities leading to energy partnerships, equity and ownership opportunities stands to maximise community support for projects, increase opportunities for local employment and businesses, and deliver stronger outcomes for sustainability and energy security.

“The rights, interests and aspirations of First Nations peoples must be front and centre to achieve a just clean energy transformation, minimising risks, costs and delays for renewable energy projects being planned, developed and operated on country.

“And it's something which must be done in partnership with industry. This guide can help with that.“

Download the Guide