The San José Declaration: a vision for sustainable hydropower (COP26 event)

COP26 Blue Zone, Nordic Pavilion
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How can hydropower best contribute to meeting climate targets?

Watch the event on 4 November 2021, 1215-1300 GMT

The International Hydropower Association (IHA) and the Government of Costa Rica co-host this panel discussion in partnership with Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) on hydropower’s role in tackling climate change, following the launch of the San José Declaration on Sustainable Hydropower in September 2021.

This event can be attended by UNFCCC-accredited attendees in the COP26 Blue Zone. Find out how to obtain observer status on the UNFCCC website.

The world cannot achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 without the flexibility and balance that sustainable hydropower provides to clean energy systems. Appointed by representatives of governments, NGOs, hydropower industry, financial institutions and academia, the 2021 San José Declaration on Sustainable Hydropower outlines a new progressive vision for sustainable hydropower to play its best role in the clean energy transition.

Keynote speaker:

  • Andrea Meza, Minister of Environment and Energy, Government of Costa Rica (tbc)


  • Malcolm Turnbull, 29th Prime Minister of Australia
  • Þórdís Kolbrún Reykfjörð Gylfadóttir, Minister of Tourism, Industry and Innovation of Iceland
  • Marianne Kleiberg, Regional Managing Director, Europe, The Nature Conservancy

Time: 12:15 – 13:00

On the day, you will also be able to live stream this event through this link

Read more about the San Jose Declaration on Sustainable Hydropower.

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