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Putting into operation Best Practice Principles for clean energy projects

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Best Practice Principles for Clean Energy Projects

The First Nations Clean Energy Network has designed Best Practice Principles for engaging with First Nations communities.

The 10 principles cover such things as ensuring projects provide economic and social benefits, mutual respect, clear communication, cultural and environmental considerations, landcare, business employment opportunities, and free prior and informed consent (FPIC).

These Principles should be followed by clean energy companies and the governments that regulate projects.

Project proponents should follow these Principles, from the initial planning stage of any clean energy development onwards, regardless of the minimum legal requirements to receive project approval.

Governments should also consider these Principles when assessing clean energy developments, including, for example, land, environmental and cultural heritage approvals, procurement and employment policies, and grant program funding requirements.

The Principles highlight best practice and reflect local conditions and legislation, as well as international frameworks and norms for engagement with First Nations communities, including the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

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Leading Principles: First Nations and Renewable Energy Projects 

The Clean Energy Council and KPMG then launched another guide, Leading Principles: First Nations and Renewable Energy Projects on how to exercise meaningful engagement, consent, participation and benefit-sharing with First Nations people on renewable energy projects.

'Leading Principles' puts into operation the First Nations Clean Energy 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.

Australia’s clean energy sector has identified the need for stronger engagement and relationships with First Nations peoples.

The guide aims to assist the clean energy industry meaningfully engage and partner with First Nations by ensuring respect for the rights of First Nations peoples and improved outcomes for communities.

It 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.

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