Energy is undergoing a global transformation, spurred by declining costs of renewable technologies, energy efficiency, and widespread use of hydraulic fracturing to drill for natural gas and oil. Energy and mining industries generate employment and wealth while also imposing impacts on the environment. The choices we make for extractives have local consequences for communities and landscapes, national consequences for economic growth and security, and global implications for climate. Conflicts arise around who benefits, environmental and social impact, who gets to decide around projects and policy, and responsibility to future generations. Key stakeholders with diverse interests struggle to engage with one another constructively.
Our mediators have extensive experience helping parties build consensus-based agreements on complex energy and mining projects and public policies. Through its Mutual Gains Approach, CBI helps stakeholders:
CBI has helped advance progress on contentious energy and extractive projects that range from training Canadian First Nations and extractive companies in Mutual Gains Negotiation, to helping the government of Chile create a long-term energy policy, to planning for U.S. off-shore wind energy development.
When we set out to develop a new long-term energy policy, CBI did a tremendous job of creating a space for constructive dialogue, giving people with different views the confidence to work together to imagine a better future. The Energía 2050 process represents exactly what we should be doing as government – not imposing an agenda, but rather engaging the country in a dialogue about the public good.
Former Minister of Energy