Sustainable Hydropower: A Global Standard for Positive Impact at COP 28

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Date: 9 December

Time: 14:00 - 15:00  

Thematic Day: Nature, Land Use and Oceans

Organisers: Hydropower Sustainability Alliance (Amina Kadyrzhanova)

Location: Global Renewables Hub, Mobility District, MA15

The multi-stakeholder designed, independently assessed and internationally recognised Hydropower Sustainability (HS) Standard, is redefining the hydropower sector. Speakers explore financiers' engagement, industry pledges and community ownership as catalysts for fostering sustainability best practices in hydropower.

The HS Standard is the internationally recognised and independent certification system for sustainability in the hydropower sector. Representatives from governments, civil society, financial institutions and industry have collectively designed and now govern the Standard to ensure positive outcomes for people, business and planet. The HS Standard covers 12 ESG topics and is aligned with the safeguards of key lenders (e.g. IFC and World Bank). It can also be used to attract climate-aligned finance through green bonds certified by the Climate Bonds Initiative and private sector investment through the RE100 group.

Moderator: Hauwa Abdullahi Kassim, Strategy Officer, Mainstream Energy Solutions


  • H.E. Daler Juma, Minister of Energy and Water Resources of the Republic of Tajikistan
  • Amina Kadyrzhanova, Sustainability Specialist, Hydropower Sustainability Alliance
  • James Dalton, Director of Global Water Programme, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
  • Dr Wei-nee, Executive Vice President and Head of Carbon Market, Bursa Malaysia Berhad
  • Flavia Teixiera, Environmental, Corporate Social Responsibility and Energy Transition Manager, Engie Brasil
  • Sushil Pokharel, Founder and CEO, Bizbell and Vice Chair, IHA
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