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Hou Friesland mooi vs NUON

Case overview

Date filed 14 December 2017
Current status Acuerdo
Issue Community concerns with construction of wind park by NUON
Summary of the case Protest group Hou Friesland Mooi has filed a complaint with the Dutch NCP against energy company NUON to address their concerns regarding the construction of a wind park. In their complaint they allege that NUON has not engaged in meaningful engagement with those living in the vicinity of the wind park, and with the construction of the wind park would breach the human rights and environment provisions in the OECD Guidelines by not respecting the right to a healthy living environment and disregarding the requirement for an environmental managment system for the project.
Developments/Outcome In its initial assessment, the Dutch NCP accepted the case for further consideration and offered its good offices for mediation. Both parties accepted this.

Talks started in June 2018, and in August 2018 both parties came to an agreement. The parties acknowledge that prior to the filing of the complaint at the NCP, problems existed concerning communication about the specific role of Nuon in relation to the Province. The parties remain in disagreement about whether or not Nuon has fulfilled its duty to properly communicate with local residents.

The NCP concludes that during the planning phase of the project, it was unclear what exactly the role of Nuon was in relation to that of the Province, but that Nuon nevertheless did have a responsibility to adhere to the Guidelines.

Going forward, Hou Friesland Mooi and Nuon will start rebuilding their relationship and increase mutual trust. The NCP recommends that Nuon better communicate its specific role in its projects and its relationships with other stakeholders (in this case the Province) so other stakeholders may be able to assess whether or not Nuon is conducting business responsibly, based on the OECD Guidelines. The parties agreed to follow-up with the NCP regarding these recommendations after one year.
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NCP Information

NCP name National Contact Point Netherlands
NCP address The Hague, Netherlands
NCP website http://www.oesorichtlijnen.nl/
Other NCPs involved

Complainant

ONG

Company Information

Company responsible NUON
Company address Postbus 40021
6803 HA Arnhem
Netherlands
Company website http://www.nuon.nl/nl/index.jsp
Company in violation NUON
Country of operations Netherlands
Other companies involved

Timeline of developments

Date Actor Action Description Document
18 December 2018 National Contact Point Netherlands declaración Final statement issued by Dutch NCP download pdf (101Kb)  
14 December 2017 Hou Friesland Mooi presentar Complaint filed with Dutch NCP  

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