IHA aims to advance hydropower’s role in meeting the world’s water and energy needs by championing continuous improvement and sustainable practices and increasing awareness of the role hydropower can play in sustainable development as an important source of renewable energy.
IHA has developed three key Sustainability tools to guide sustainable planning, implementation and operation of hydropower.
- IHA Sustainability Guidelines
- IHA Sustainability Assessment Protocol
- Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Forum
IHA Sustainability Guidelines
The IHA Sustainability Guidelines provide a framework for good practice which is in accordance with these values. IHA recognises that sustainable development is the collective responsibility of government, business, civil society, consumers and individuals. It is committed to working cooperatively with these sectors in achieving sustainable outcomes.
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English version: IHA Sustainability Guidelines
French version: Directives de soutien et maintien à long terme
Mandarin version: 水电可持续性指南
Portuguese version: Diretrizes de
IHA Sustainability Assessment Protocol
The IHA Sustainability Assessment Protocol has been developed primarily to assist IHA members in assessing performance against criteria described in the IHA Sustainability Guidelines. The document is in three sections.
The first (Section A – New Energy Projects) gives general guidance on sustainability issues that should be considered when assessing new energy supply options. This section describes each of the 20 selected sustainability aspects and lists key considerations and assessment requirements for each aspect. It can be used as part of a preliminary due diligence review of proposed new energy projects. It should also be useful for policy and decision makers when developing energy policies and assessing future energy options requirements.
Assessments associated with the second section (Section B – New Hydro Projects) and third (Section C – Operating Hydropower Facilities) rely on objective evidence to support a sustainability score against each of twenty sustainability aspects. These aspects of sustainability have been selected to give appropriate coverage to relevant economic, social, and environmental issues. Assessment is scored from 0 to 5, and looks at both process and performance against each aspect or criteria.
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English version: IHA Sustainability Assessment Protocol (SAP)
Mandarin version: 简称
IHA Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Forum (HSAF)
IHA in six years of intensive work has developed Sustainability Guidelines and a Sustainability Assessment Protocol to guide sustainable planning, implementation and operation of hydropower. As a next step, IHA has initiated the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Forum. The objective of the Forum is to carry out an expert appraisal of the IHA Sustainability documents, with a view towards a future sustainability standard for the sector. Experts on environmental, social and economic/financing aspects participate, along with representatives of developed and developing countries involved in hydropower. By seeking to operate by consensus, the goal of the first phase is to deliver an enhanced Protocol that can be endorsed by a range of key stakeholder organizations, and to make recommendations on pathways toward a sustainability standard.
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