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The Best Practice Charter for Renewable Energy Projects is a voluntary set of commitments for Clean Energy Council members designed to clearly communicate the standards that the signatories will uphold in the development of current and new clean energy projects.

The Charter outlines a commitment by signatories to engage respectfully with the communities in which they plan and operate projects, to be sensitive to environmental and cultural values and to make a positive contribution to the regions in which they operate.

The Charter was last updated in August 2021.

Best Practice Charter for Renewable Energy Projects

  1. We will engage respectfully with the local community, including Traditional Owners of the land, to seek their views and input before submitting a development application and finalising the design of the project.
  2. We will provide timely information and be accessible and responsive in addressing the local community’s feedback and concerns throughout the life of the project.
  3. We will be sensitive to areas of high biodiversity, cultural and landscape value in the design and operation of projects.
  4. We will minimise the impacts on highly productive agricultural land and explore opportunities to integrate agricultural production.
  5. We will consult the community on the potential visual, noise, traffic and other impacts of the project, and on the mitigation options.
  6. We will support the local economy by providing local employment and procurement opportunities.
  7. We will offer communities the opportunity to share in the benefits of the project, and consult them on the options available, including the relevant governance arrangements.
  8. We commit to using the project to support educational and tourism opportunities where appropriate.
  9. We will demonstrate responsible land stewardship over the life of the project and welcome opportunities to enhance the ecological, cultural and/or agricultural value of the land.
  10. During the life of the project, we will recycle waste materials where feasible and commit to responsible decommissioning or refurbishment/repowering of the site at the end of the project's life.

The following companies have committed to honouring the Clean Energy Council's Best Practice Charter in their renewable energy projects and associated transmission infrastructure.

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If your company would like to sign the Best Practice Charter for Renewable Energy Projects, please contact Nathan Hart at [email protected].