Some 20 senior representatives of our corporate members met in Brazil last week. The topics discussed included the development of hydropower in the Amazon region, the use of the Hydropower Sustainability Protocol in the early stages of project development, and the need to work closely with the agencies involved in the preparation of new projects.
Gil Maranhão Neto is the director of business development at GDF Suez Energy Brasil. He spoke with us about the hydropower environment in the Amazon region, the role of the private sector and the impacts of IHA's work.
With Alexandre Uhlig, Instituto Acende, Brazil
Who are you?
I am responsible for Sustainable Development at Instituto Acende Brasil since 2006.
We have launched a poster to introduce people to the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol as part of the Hydro4LIFE project.
The poster explains the role of the protocol and how it is applied to projects around the world. It also includes information on the topics assessed, and shows how these topics are scored against basic good practice and proven best practice.
Earlier in 2013, we held a regional development workshop in Malaysia that brought together stakeholders from around the world to discuss key issues surrounding regional development. A report on the outcomes is now available for download.
The workshop focused on how to manage trans-national river basins, how to encourage energy-intensive industries to locate close to hydro resources, and planning interconnections.
As a founding member of the International Renewable Energy Alliance (REN Alliance), we will be joining partners from solar, wind, bioenergy and geothermal membership associations to host a side event during the 2013 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP19) in Warsaw, Poland.
The side-event, titled 'renewables working together', will examine the potential for integrated renewable energy systems, and explore how a 100-per-cent renewable energy future can be achieved.
The newly-elected IHA Board gathered in London last week for its first meeting.
During the three days of meetings, the Board elected Ken Adams (Manitoba Hydro) as new IHA president, as well as the following vice presidents: Colin Clark (Brookfield Asset Management), Roy Adair (Sustainable Energy Services), Lin Chuxue (China Three Gorges Corporation), Gil Maranhão Neto (GDF Suez Energy Brasil), Roland Muench (Voith Hydro), and Karin Seelos (Statkraft).