The International Forum on Pumped Storage Hydropower: High-level panel

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‘Energy storage is ignored crisis within the climate crisis’ - Malcolm Turnbull

The High-level Panel of the International Forum on Pumped Storage Hydropower, the keynote energy storage session of the World Hydropower Congress, will be broadcast at 13:00 GMT+1 on Thursday 16 September 2021.

Register for free via the Virtual Attendee Hub.

The International Forum is a multi-stakeholder initiative of 13 governments and more than 70 organisations. It is co-chaired by the US Department of Energy and former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and is supported by the International Hydropower Association (IHA).

During the online event, Forum partners will launch a series of reports containing recommendations for governments and markets on the future of clean energy storage.

Speakers include:

• Malcolm Turnbull, former Australian Prime Minister

• Kelly Speakes-Backman, US Assistant Secretary, Department of Energy

• Mark Carney, UN Special Envoy on Climate Action and Finance

• Thomas Östros, Vice President, European Investment Bank

• Zheng Sheng’an, President, China Renewable Energy Engineering Institute

• Pascal Radue, CEO, GE Renewable Energy Hydro Solutions

• Yves Giraud, CEO, EDF Hydro

• Uwe Wehnhardt, CEO, Voith Hydro

About the Forum

The initiative brings together 13 governments – the USA, Austria, Brazil, Colombia, Estonia, Greece, India, Indonesia, Israel, Morocco, Norway, Sri Lanka and Switzerland - international financial institutions, and over 70 organisations, including leading energy companies such as including EDF, GE Renewable Energy, Voith and Hydro Tasmania.

Participating multilateral development banks include the World Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

Convening three industry-led working groups, this year-long initiative has developed guidance and recommendations about how sustainable pumped storage hydropower can best support the energy transition. The International Hydropower Association (IHA) acts as the secretariat to the Forum.

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About the World Hydropower Congress

The World Hydropower Congress, 7-24 September 2021, showcases how sustainable hydropower – the world’s largest renewable energy source – is part of the solution to climate change and the race to net-zero emissions. Ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), this is an opportunity to hear how the massive roll-out of solar and wind power is dependent on the clean generation, storage and grid resilience services offered by sustainable hydropower.

The World Hydropower Congress is organised by the International Hydropower Association (IHA) and hosted in partnership with the Government of Costa Rica under the theme 'Renewables Working Together'.  For the first time in its 14-year history, the event is now fully virtual and free to all. It will bring together industry, government, finance and civil society. Over 150 speakers will participate in over 30 online events over the three weeks. Nearly 4,000 attendees have already registered to-date from over 70 countries.

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