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Policy brief: The need for water as energy storage for better integration of renewables


Water storage policy brief

The need for water as energy storage for better integration of renewables is a policy brief produced by the United Nations University Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES) in colloboration with the International Hydropower Association (IHA) and the Centre for Environmental Design of Renewable Energy (CEDREN).

The brief follows a seminar on the subject convened by the three organisations at 2014 World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden.

World Hydropower Congress Pack


Congress pack

The World Hydropower Congress Pack is your guide to the world's most important gathering of hydropower decision-makers, which takes place on 19–21 May in Beijing, China.

The pack includes:

Video: "Instead of discussing military issues you can discuss how to share benefits"

Itaipu Binacional is a main sponsor of the 2015 World Hydropower Congress. The company was established in 1974 to build the and operate the Itaipu hydropower plant, which today supplies 17 per cent of the electricity consumed in Brazil and 75 per cent of Paraguay.

In this video, Jorge habib Hanna El Khouri, engineering and technical director at Itaipu Binacional, talks about how the project has fostered good bilateral relations, and how hydropower fits into Brazil's energy future.

Interview: Donal O’Leary on leadership in corporate governance

Donal O’Leary has represented Transparency International throughout the multi-stakeholder methodology that created and now governs the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol. In this interview, he discusses the importance of accountability in hydropower development, and how it is addressed by the protocol – a tool that assesses the sustainability of projects across a range of topics. 

Video: how can the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol add value?

The Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol is a tool that measures hydropower projects across a range of social, environmental, technical and economic considerations. In this interview, Simon Howard, sustainability specialist at the International Hydropower Association, discusses how the protocol can add value. You can read the interview in full below.

Video: building a better understanding of greenhouse gases

The International Hydropower Association is working with UNESCO and IEA-Hydro to build a better understanding of hydropower's greenhouse gas footprint and role in mitigation. In December 2014, a group of scientists gathered in London for a workshop as part of the project – in this video they explain its importance and future plans. You can see the full videos with individual participants below.

Sarawak Energy and Hydro-Québec agree memorandum of understanding

Sarawak Energy and Hydro-Québec: sharing hydropower experiences

Sarawak Energy and Hydro-Québec have agreed a memorandum of understanding to share experiences and conduct technical exchanges on hydropower development.

In the video above, Dr Chen Shiun, general manager of research and development at Sarawak Energy, discusses the partnership.

He says: "We think we will be able to learn a lot from the experience in terms of how to address environmental and social issues. This is why we have decided to form a memorandum of understanding – to share information.


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