Renewable energy attacked on human rights

A new analysis from the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre reveals the organisation has received 115 allegations of human rights abuse regarding renewable companies since 2005, 94 of which took place since 2010.

Thirty-four of the fifty companies examined have some commitment to consult with local communities, but the majority do not refer to issues such as indigenous peoples’ right to free, prior & informed consent (FPIC).

Three out of the five companies that have FPIC commitments in place have faced challenges about this commitment on the ground.

The organisation says that while a fast transition to renewable energy is essential, it will be neither fair nor sustainable unless human rights considerations are at its core.