On 7–9 April 2014, 35 specialists and scientists from around the world gathered in Knoxville, Tennessee, to begin the production of guidelines that will help companies to better understand greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from reservoirs.
Philipp Hauser is vice president carbon markets at GDF Suez Energy Latin America. He writes about his involvement at IHA’s World Congress in Malaysia, focusing on discussions about project finance in the 21st century and the environmental cost of delay.
The main benefit of participating in IHA’s World Congress was the possibility of exchanging views and experiences on topics relating to hydropower sustainability, and how potential problems and opportunities can be addressed.
The multiple roles of hydropower, and the relationship between renewable energy and water will be discussed during the celebrations of World Water Day on 20–21 March 2014 in Tokyo.
Early-stage planning is under way for a multi-purpose hydropower programme on the Sava River in Croatia. 'Zagreb on the Sava' could provide 25% of the capital’s annual electricity consumption, while also providing flood defence control and improving navigability in the region.
A recent report from researchers at Oxford University questions the economic viability of large-scale hydropower development, highlighting cost and schedule overruns. Entitled “the actual costs of hydropower megaprojects development”, the paper overlooks the multiple benefits of these projects.
We take a chance to review some fundamentals of hydropower and the return on investment of these projects.
The China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research (IWHR) and IHA extended their collaboration by renewing their co-operation agreement last week, 26 February. The agreement lays out plans for mutually beneficial work in the next two years, and the continuation of the IHA China office, which is hosted by the institute.
Jean-Michel Devernay is the World Bank's chief technical specialist for hydropower. He spoke with us about why sustainable hydropower is critical to meeting the challenges of the developing world, and why the bank is committed to DR Congo's Inga 3 project.
Our annual activity report, Advancing Sustainable Hydropower, reviews our work in 2013 and outlines our vision for the future. A key element of this regards hydropower’s unique role in integrated renewable energy systems.
We previously reported how we have worked with our REN Alliance partners at COP19 to promote renewables working together.