Powering Sustainable Growth with Hydropower (Indonesia Pavilion)

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​Date: 3 December

Time: 13:30 - 14:20

​Location: Indonesia Pavilion

A session for HE President Jokowi of Indonesia, HE President Emomali Rahmon of Tajikistan, Malcolm Turnbull, and other senior representatives to discuss the role of hydropower to supporting the growth and development plans of their countries and others in their regions.  

​The Bali Statement on Powering Sustainable Growth was adopted on 2 November 2023 by 1,000 people from 50 countries - including HE President Joko Widodo of Indonesia; Tan Sri Abang Johari Openg, the Premier of Sarawak; and Malcolm Turnbull, the IHA President - at the World Hydropower Congress in Bali, Indonesia. It states that sustainable hydropower must be the backbone of national strategies to build thriving, low carbon economies bolstered by clean, renewable energy.

​As the world’s largest source of renewable energy generation and storage, hydropower has underpinned industrial development in many of the world’s most advanced economies, while also strengthening water management. Most of the untapped hydropower potential that remains today is in developing regions and this is where the Bali Statement urges for more changes and investments to take place.

​“The industrial revolution was powered by water. Water, wind and sun together will power the sustainable growth of the future.”

​This is the key message of the Bali Statement, which following an open public consultation, call for four actions from to policymakers:

  • Plan for future energy needs.
  • Incentivise sustainable hydropower development through financial and market-based mechanisms.
  • Accelerate the development of renewables through transparent and efficient permitting and licensing processes.
  • Incorporate hydropower sustainability practices into government regulation and financial sector obligations.

​The Bali Statement on Powering Sustainable Growth follows on from the global hydropower community’s reaffirmed commitment to the sustainable development of projects through both the adoption of the San José Declaration on Sustainable Hydropower and uptake of the Hydropower Sustainability Standard.

​Moderator: Eddie Rich, IHA CEO


  • ​Malcolm Turnbull, IHA President and former Prime Minister of Australia  
  • ​Hon Arifin Tasrif, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Indonesia  
  • ​Darmawan Prasodjo, President Director, PT PLN (Persero), Indonesia
  • ​Anthony Lesmana, CEO of KHN  
  • ​Datuk Sharbini Suhaili, CEO of Sarawak Energy Berhad
  • ​Dr Grethel Aguilar, IUCN Director General (tbc)

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