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Developing stakeholder engagement tools for the sustainable energy sector

We often hear in the media of the conflict triggered by the siting of large energy infrastructure projects in local communities.

The same “social friction” has the potential to occur with smaller projects as homeowners place solar panels on roofs or install wind turbines.

This is because we live in communities and we all have neighbours who somehow might be impacted by our pet project in ways we never even considered.

The relative ease with which the Ontario government Green Energy policies encourage us to adopt renewable, sustainable energy technologies means that more projects of every size are being contemplated.

The increasing instances of community-developer strife are evidence that great engineering is losing ground to poorly thought through outreach and engagement.

C2C is working on filling that gap by providing tools, tips and techniques that will embed thoughtful outreach, engagement and consultation early into the project process. For those interested in being on the leading edge, stay informed here.