The world is facing the greatest energy transition since the introduction of coal in the eighteenth century and gas and oil in the late nineteenth century. If the world is going to meet countries’ pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions drastically, the U.S. and others must move quickly to increase efficiency in buildings, transportation, and manufacturing; use electricity fueled by renewables to power almost everything from cars to the heat in our homes; and mine precious and rare metals for battery storage, solar panels, and advanced materials to make this all happen. Siting new energy infrastructure is central to achieving climate goals and also incredibly contentious. Conflicts arise around who benefits, what level of government should make energy decisions, environmental and social effects, and responsibility to future generations. As a result, those with diverse interests struggle to engage one another constructively.
Our mediators have extensive experience helping parties build agreements around numerous projects and public policies from the state to national level. Through its Mutual Gains Approach, CBI helps stakeholders:
CBI has helped advance progress on contentious energy and extractive projects that include training Canadian First Nations and extractive companies in multi-party negotiation; helping the government of Chile create a long-term energy policy; and balancing the growth of large-scale renewables in the U.S. with other resource-users such as the commercial fishing industry and farmers.
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