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World Bank reviews Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol

The World Bank has published a review of the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol providing recommendations on its usage.

The review, entitled The Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol for use by World Bank clients: lessons learned and recommendations, which you can read in full here, describes the protocol as “a useful tool for guiding the development of sustainable hydropower in developing countries”.

The protocol is a tool for measuring the environmental, social, technical, financial, and economic aspects of a hydropower project’s performance. It was developed by a multi-stakeholder forum featuring representatives from industry, civil society, donors, developing country governments and the finance sector over a three-year period.

Among its findings, the review concludes that:

  • Developers that have applied the protocol have experienced that protocol assessments deliver value for money
  • The protocol complements the World Bank’s policies and procedures for social and environmental performance, but does not replace them
  • The protocol has a range of other potential uses, including a transparent framework for stakeholder dialogue and conflict resolution

The review also features a set of recommendations for World Bank clients, including that:

  • A full commitment from the developer is crucial to the success of assessments, given the reliance on evidence provided
  • Basic good practice defined by the protocol may not reflect standard practice in a client’s country, so managing expectations is key to successful implementation
  • Achieving basic good practice across all topics is difficult in the short term, and so the focus should be on the process of continuous improvement and not a measure for comparison between countries and projects

You can read the full report here, and you can find out more about the protocol at www.hydrosustainability.org.

Welcome to three new members

We are delighted to welcome three new members to the association.

New member logosKorean water resources corporation K-Water has joined as a gold member; Thai energy company CK Power has joined as a silver member; and Norwegian engineering and design consultancy Norconsult has also joined as a silver member.

K-Water

A government-owned corporation, K-water has more than 40 years' experience managing water resources and developing water resources infrastructure, including hydropower and water supply systems, since its establishment in 1967.

Over the past 10 years, K-water completed more than 50 overseas projects providing consultancy services (master planning, feasibility studies, design & construction supervision, O&M, etc.) in over 20 countries, and it is developing overseas projects as an investor and/or O&M contractor particularly focusing on hydropower.

Website: www.kwater.or.kr

CK Power

CK Power Public Company Limited (CKP) is the first Thai holding company listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand with its core assets overseas. The company engages in businesses that create sustainable energy and focuses on investment in power business, both in Thailand and in ASEAN region under efficient management.

It is also committed to social responsibility for all stakeholders in order to develop sustainable energy while balancing the environment and the quality of life for the people and society.

Website: www.ckpower.co.th/en

Norconsult

Norconsult is a multidisciplinary engineering and design consultancy, providing services to clients in the public and private sectors worldwide.

The company provides services within the power sector, including power system studies and hydropower engineering, from the initial reconnaissance through all phases of design, tender preparations, investigations, contract evaluation, construction supervision and commissioning.

Website: www.norconsult.com

You can find a full directory of our members in our 2014 Activity Report.

Invitations open for 3,097 MW Etalin project pre-qualification

Etalin Hydro Electric Power Company Limited, a Joint Venture company of Jindal Power Limited & Hydro Power Development Corporation of Arunachal Pradesh Limited, is inviting application for pre-qualification from interested bidders under International Competitive Bidding process for implementation of Etalin Hydro Electric Project (3,097 MW) through various packages. 
 
When complete, Etalin will be the largest Hydro Electric Project in India in term of installed capacity. You can download the notice inviting application for pre-qualification here.

Working with UNESCO's International Hydrological Programme

On 18–20 June, we participated in the biennial meeting of the Intergovernmental Council of UNESCO's International Hydrological Programme in Paris, France. The meeting included a special session on "hydropower and its role in the water–energy nexus".

UNESCO-IHP logoThis session was moderated by Bianca Jiménez Cisneros, secretary of the International Hydrological Programme.

Richard M Taylor, executive director of the International Hydropower Association, addressed participants about hydropower development worldwide, as well as our research on greenhouse-gas of freshwater reservoirs and the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol.

Cícero Bley Jr, co-ordinator of the Hydroinformatics International Centre (a UNESCO-Category 2 Centre), spoke about the utilisation of available energy sources related to water and wastewater in Brazil's Sao Francisco Verdadeiro basin. You can read more about this here.

Engin Koncagül, programme officer of the UN World Water Assessment Programme, presented on the seven main messages of the United Nations World Water Development Report 2014 “Water and Energy”, which you can download here.

Finally, András Szöllösi-Nagy, rector of UNESCO Institute for Water Education, spoke about the institute's role in meeting training needs and capacity building in the hydropower sector. Click here to find out more about the institute's course on the design of hydropower schemes.

Webinar: sustainable technology integration towards 100 per cent renewable energy

On Tuesday 1 July at 12.00 to 13.30 GMT, we are teaming up with our REN Alliance partners and the International Renewbable Energy Agency (IRENA) to host a webinar on renewables integration.

The webinar will explore how 100 per cent renewable energy supply is possible based on case studies demonstrating how the technologies work together, and discuss the real costs of renewable energy. 

You can sign up for the webinar here. The agenda will include:

  • Introduction: the way to a 100 per cent renewable energy future
  • Case studies – renewable technologies integrated
  • Wind energy in combination with hydro energy
  • Geothermal energy combined with hydro and solar energy
  • Renewable energy : the true costs
  • Concluding remarks: renewables working together
  • General discussion and questions with audience

The speakers include:

  • Stefan Gsänger: secretary general of the World Wind Energy Association
  • Marietta Sander: executive director of the International Geothermal Association
  • Oliver Griffiths: programme director, hydropower development, International Hydropower Association
  • Michael Taylor: analyst, renewable energy cost status and outlook at IRENA
  • Karin Haara: executive director of the World Bioenergy Association

This webinar follows a side event the REN Alliance partners held at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Bonn Climate Change Conference 2014 on 11 June.

The REN Alliance provides a combined voice for renewable energy technology and practice. We were one of its founding members at the Bonn 2004 Renewable Energy Conference along with the

International Geothermal Association (IGA), International Solar Energy Society (ISES), World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) and World Bioenergy Association (WBA).

IRENA is an intergovernmental organisation that supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future, and serves as the principal platform for international cooperation, a centre of excellence, and a repository of policy, technology, resource and financial knowledge on renewable energy.

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