In May 2015, the International Hydropower Association hosted one of the most important gatherings for hydropower decision-makers and professionals in Beijing, China.
The fifth World Hydropower Congress brought together over 1,000 delegates from more than 60 countries to discuss the future of sustainable hydropower. They comprised representatives from governments, financial institutions, non-governmental organisations, research institutes, and private corporations.
The congress provided an opportunity for meaningful reflection on the milestone of 1,000 GW of installed hydropower capacity worldwide, which was achieved in 2014. Considering that this figure is set to more than double by 2050, many congress sessions addressed the need for the sustainable development of hydropower through in-depth and interdisciplinary discussion and debate.
Taking place at the new Yanqi Lake complex in north-eastern Beijing, the 2015 congress provided international participants with a unique insight into the unparalleled successes of the Chinese hydropower sector. In his closing remarks, Richard Taylor, the chief executive of IHA, acknowledged China as the leading country in hydropower development, and noted its increasing importance at an international level.