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IEA releases Sustainable Recovery Plan with focus on hydropower modernisation

18 June 2020

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic and economic crisis being felt across the world, today the International Energy Agency (IEA) released its Sustainable Recovery Plan.

It seeks to show governments what they can do to boost economic growth, create jobs and put global greenhouse gas emissions into structural decline. 

Invest in hydropower to tackle coronavirus and climate crisis impacts

IHA publishes 2020 Hydropower Status Report and Covid-19 paper

28 May 2020 

The Covid-19 pandemic has underlined hydropower’s resilience and critical role in delivering clean, reliable and affordable energy, especially in times of crisis.

This is the conclusion of two new reports published today by the International Hydropower Association (IHA).

2020 Hydropower Status Report


Now in its seventh edition, the 2020 Hydropower Status Report is published at a time of great global uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

This report, compiled by IHA and its team of researchers and analysts, finds that:

2020 Hydropower Status Report (PPT)


Presentation on the 2020 Hydropower Status Report.

This PowerPoint slide pack includes headline information and infographics on worldwide hydropower installed capacity and generation data.

These slides can be used in external presentations provided the source is credited as 'International Hydropower Association (IHA), 2020 Hydropower Status Report'.

To download the full report pdf please visit the publication page.

Blog: Hydropower for the 21st century in Latin America and the Caribbean

The modernisation of the hydropower fleet in Latin America and the Caribbean needs to go beyond 'business as usual', write Arturo Alarcón, Senior Energy Specialist at the Inter-American Bank (IDB) and Maria Ubierna, Hydropower Specialist at the International Hydropower Association (IHA) in a joint blog.

Read the blog in Spanish on IDB's website.


Senior Sustainability Specialist

João joined IHA in October 2017. His work focuses on developing and implementing a suite of sustainability tools which provide guidance to the hydropower sector, as well as a means for assessing a project’s performance. João takes a leading role in delivering training and managing capacity-building projects to drive sustainable hydropower development worldwide.

He has previously worked as a civil engineer on numerous international projects, including hydropower and other infrastructure schemes in Portugal, UK and the Middle East.

João holds an MPhil in engineering for sustainable development from the University of Cambridge and an MSc in civil engineering from Instituto Superior Tecnico in Lisbon.


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