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The International Hydropower Association at COP28

The Conference of the Parties (COP) is an annual event for climate leaders to convene and strengthen ambition and implementation for a more climate-resilient world.

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The agreement to triple renewables at COP28 in Dubai represents a step change in the world’s journey to a clean, secure and just energy future. It also marks the beginning of the end of the fossil fuel era. It represents the first time the technology’s positive impact and climate saving potential has been recognised by all nations.
This can’t be delivered without the help of sustainable hydropower which provides the backbone to the renewables sector. As well as generating around half of all the world’s renewable energy, hydropower supports wind and solar by storing excess capacity – water, wind and sun gets the job done!

What did we do at COP28? Malcolm Turnbull, President of IHA and former Prime Minister of Australia, led the IHA delegation with over 50 bilateral meetings with Heads of State, Ministers, senior officials from banks and influencers like King Charles of the United Kingdom, Baroness Scotland of the Commonwealth, Catherine McKenna, former Minister of Environment and Climate Change of Canada, Al Gore, former Vice President of the United States, Bill Gates, former founder of Microsoft among others.

Highlights included:
Student Energy and International Hydropower Association sign an MOU to power youth integration into the sustainable hydropower community.

The Hydropower Sustainability Alliance has signed an MOC between Bursa Malaysia, Sarawak Energy and the International REC Standard Foundation to offer renewable energy certificates on Bursa Carbon Exchange.

Meeting with Itaipu to consider hosting a joint sustainable hydropower roundtable at the Clean Energy Ministerial/G20 in 2024.

The International Hydropower Association (IHA) represented its members at this historic event advocating for sustainable hydropower through our partnership with the Global Renewables Alliance and other stakeholders at COP28. Our advocacy activity at COP28 focused on the promotion of the Bali Statement as a follow up to the San José Declaration on Sustainable Hydropower. As the world's largest renewable energy, sustainable hydropower is an essential part of the solution to climate change and with its pollution-free electricity, it is providing a pathway to a sustainable future.  Sustainable hydropower provides energy security to the world, supporting the rapid growth of solar and wind power, thanks to the flexibility and storage it offers power grids that are increasingly reliant on variable power supplies.

Powering Sustainable Growth: the Bali Statement on Hydropower

2 December 14:00 – 15:15

Panel discussion moderated by Malcolm Turnbull

Keynote:  HE Emomali Rahmon,President of the Republic of Tajikistan

Panellists (tbc)

  • Francesco la Camera, DirectorGeneral, IRENA
  • Datuk Sharbini Suhaili,Group CEO of Sarawak Energy Berhad
  • Christian Rynning-Tønnesen, President and CEO of Statkraft
  • Ibu Tri Mumpuni, Board, Indonesian NationalResearch and Innovation Agency

Organisers:

IHA

Hosted by:

GRA Pavillion

Stronger new renewable energy commitments

2 December 14:30 – 15:50

Panel discussion to emphasise the role and challenge in implementingrenewable energy especially hydropower in Indonesia

  • Moderator: Mr. YB. Andhi Marjono Head of Hydropower, Adaro CleanEnergy
  • Mr. Rachmat Kaimuddin, Deputy for Infrastructure and Transportation Coordination, Coordinating Ministry for Maritime and Investment Affairs, Indonesia
  • Mr. Antony Lesmana, President Director PT Kayan Hydropower Nusantara
  • Mr. Muchtazar, Sustainability Manager, Nickel Industries Limited
  • Debbie Gray, IHA

Organisers:

KHN (Adaro)

Hosted by:

IndonesiaPavilion

The crisis within the crisis: theneed for long duration energy storage

3 December 10:00 – 11:15

Panel discussion moderated by Malcolm Turnbull

Panellists

  • Bruno Bensasson, CEO, EDF Renewables
  • Katie Jereza, VP of Corporate Affairs,  Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
  • Julia Souder, CEO, LDES

Organisers:

IHA and LDES

Hosted by:

GRA Pavilion

Rapidly mobilizing renewableenergy resources for a just global energy transformation

3 December 18:30 – 19:30

Panel

•Julie Ducasse, CAN International

•Stefan Gsänger, World Wind Energy Association

•Dave Renne,International Solar Energy Society

•Bharadwaj Kummamuru, World Bioenergy Association

•Debbie Gray, IHA

Organisers:

REN Alliance

Hosted by:

UNFCCC

Global Energy Interconnection andEnergy Transition

6 December 10:15 – 11:15

Panel discussion on fostering an inclusive, equitable, and resilientglobal energy transition through global energy interconnection

•Eddie Rich, IHA

Organisers:

GEIDCO/WMO/Huawei

Hosted by:

IPCC-WMO-MERI-NCMPavilion

Powering Sustainable Growth: the Bali Statement on Hydropower

2 December 14:00 – 15:15

Panel discussion moderated by Malcolm Turnbull

Keynote:  HE Emomali Rahmon,President of the Republic of Tajikistan

Panellists (tbc)

•Francesco la Camera, DirectorGeneral, IRENA

•Datuk Sharbini Suhaili,Group CEO of Sarawak Energy Berhad

•Christian Rynning-Tønnesen, President and CEO of Statkraft

•Ibu Tri Mumpuni, Board, Indonesian NationalResearch and Innovation Agency

Powering Sustainable Growth: the Bali Statement on Hydropower

2 December 14:00 – 15:15

Panel discussion moderated by Malcolm Turnbull

Keynote:  HE Emomali Rahmon,President of the Republic of Tajikistan

Panellists (tbc)

•Francesco la Camera, DirectorGeneral, IRENA

•Datuk Sharbini Suhaili,Group CEO of Sarawak Energy Berhad

•Christian Rynning-Tønnesen, President and CEO of Statkraft

•Ibu Tri Mumpuni, Board, Indonesian NationalResearch and Innovation Agency

Memorandum of Cooperation signing on RECs and carbon markets

4 December 10:00 – 10:20

Collaboration aims to:

  • Explore potential supply ofRenewable Energy Certificates (RECs) from Sarawak Energy with a focus onhydropower projects
  • Promote the use of the HydropowerSustainability Standard onto I-REC’s Standards to support end users inidentifying premium hydropower RECs that will be made available for trading onBursa Malaysia Exchange.

Signatories:

Hydropower Sustainability Alliance

Sarawak Energy Berhad

Bursa Malaysia

I-REC Standard Foundation

Hosted by

TBC

Powering Sustainable Growth: the Bali Statement on Hydropower

2 December 14:00 – 15:15

Panel discussion moderated by Malcolm Turnbull

Keynote:  HE Emomali Rahmon,President of the Republic of Tajikistan

Panellists (tbc)

•Francesco la Camera, DirectorGeneral, IRENA

•Datuk Sharbini Suhaili,Group CEO of Sarawak Energy Berhad

•Christian Rynning-Tønnesen, President and CEO of Statkraft

•Ibu Tri Mumpuni, Board, Indonesian NationalResearch and Innovation Agency

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Powering Sustainable Growth: the Bali Statement on Hydropower

2 December 14:00 – 15:15

Panel discussion moderated by Malcolm Turnbull

Keynote:  HE Emomali Rahmon,President of the Republic of Tajikistan

Panellists (tbc)

  • Francesco la Camera, DirectorGeneral, IRENA
  • Datuk Sharbini Suhaili,Group CEO of Sarawak Energy Berhad
  • Christian Rynning-Tønnesen, President and CEO of Statkraft
  • Ibu Tri Mumpuni, Board, Indonesian NationalResearch and Innovation Agency

Organisers:

IHA

Hosted by:

GRA Pavillion

Stronger new renewable energy commitments

2 December 14:30 – 15:50

Panel discussion to emphasise the role and challenge in implementingrenewable energy especially hydropower in Indonesia

  • Moderator: Mr. YB. Andhi Marjono Head of Hydropower, Adaro CleanEnergy
  • Mr. Rachmat Kaimuddin, Deputy for Infrastructure and Transportation Coordination, Coordinating Ministry for Maritime and Investment Affairs, Indonesia
  • Mr. Antony Lesmana, President Director PT Kayan Hydropower Nusantara
  • Mr. Muchtazar, Sustainability Manager, Nickel Industries Limited
  • Debbie Gray, IHA

Organisers:

KHN (Adaro)

Hosted by:

IndonesiaPavilion

The crisis within the crisis: theneed for long duration energy storage

3 December 10:00 – 11:15

Panel discussion moderated by Malcolm Turnbull

Panellists

  • Bruno Bensasson, CEO, EDF Renewables
  • Katie Jereza, VP of Corporate Affairs,  Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
  • Julia Souder, CEO, LDES

Organisers:

IHA and LDES

Hosted by:

GRA Pavilion

Rapidly mobilizing renewableenergy resources for a just global energy transformation

3 December 18:30 – 19:30

Panel

•Julie Ducasse, CAN International

•Stefan Gsänger, World Wind Energy Association

•Dave Renne,International Solar Energy Society

•Bharadwaj Kummamuru, World Bioenergy Association

•Debbie Gray, IHA

Organisers:

REN Alliance

Hosted by:

UNFCCC

Global Energy Interconnection andEnergy Transition

6 December 10:15 – 11:15

Panel discussion on fostering an inclusive, equitable, and resilientglobal energy transition through global energy interconnection

•Eddie Rich, IHA

Organisers:

GEIDCO/WMO/Huawei

Hosted by:

IPCC-WMO-MERI-NCMPavilion

Powering Sustainable Growth: the Bali Statement on Hydropower

2 December 14:00 – 15:15

Panel discussion moderated by Malcolm Turnbull

Keynote:  HE Emomali Rahmon,President of the Republic of Tajikistan

Panellists (tbc)

•Francesco la Camera, DirectorGeneral, IRENA

•Datuk Sharbini Suhaili,Group CEO of Sarawak Energy Berhad

•Christian Rynning-Tønnesen, President and CEO of Statkraft

•Ibu Tri Mumpuni, Board, Indonesian NationalResearch and Innovation Agency

Powering Sustainable Growth: the Bali Statement on Hydropower

2 December 14:00 – 15:15

Panel discussion moderated by Malcolm Turnbull

Keynote:  HE Emomali Rahmon,President of the Republic of Tajikistan

Panellists (tbc)

•Francesco la Camera, DirectorGeneral, IRENA

•Datuk Sharbini Suhaili,Group CEO of Sarawak Energy Berhad

•Christian Rynning-Tønnesen, President and CEO of Statkraft

•Ibu Tri Mumpuni, Board, Indonesian NationalResearch and Innovation Agency

Memorandum of Cooperation signing on RECs and carbon markets

4 December 10:00 – 10:20

Collaboration aims to:

  • Explore potential supply ofRenewable Energy Certificates (RECs) from Sarawak Energy with a focus onhydropower projects
  • Promote the use of the HydropowerSustainability Standard onto I-REC’s Standards to support end users inidentifying premium hydropower RECs that will be made available for trading onBursa Malaysia Exchange.

Signatories:

Hydropower Sustainability Alliance

Sarawak Energy Berhad

Bursa Malaysia

I-REC Standard Foundation

Hosted by

TBC

Powering Sustainable Growth: the Bali Statement on Hydropower

2 December 14:00 – 15:15

Panel discussion moderated by Malcolm Turnbull

Keynote:  HE Emomali Rahmon,President of the Republic of Tajikistan

Panellists (tbc)

•Francesco la Camera, DirectorGeneral, IRENA

•Datuk Sharbini Suhaili,Group CEO of Sarawak Energy Berhad

•Christian Rynning-Tønnesen, President and CEO of Statkraft

•Ibu Tri Mumpuni, Board, Indonesian NationalResearch and Innovation Agency

Introducing the Renewables Hub

Join the IHA team at the Global Renewables Hub in the heart of COP28’s Blue Zone to discuss sustainable hydropower with political leaders, industry figures and key stakeholders and push to ensure an ambitious global renewables target is at the top of the agenda in Dubai.
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