Webinar: Supercharging sustainable hydropower’s contribution to the energy transition (time zone 1: 09:30 BST)

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Time: 9:30 BST

There are separate sessions of this webinar for different time zones. If the later session will suit your location better, sign up here.

The hydropower sector is facing a critical moment as key policy-makers across the world prepare to gather in Glasgow for COP26 in November 2021.  

In a new landmark report, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has called for policy and regulatory measures to incentivise sustainable hydropower in order to accelerate the energy transition. The Hydropower Special Market Report concludes that “reaching net zero emissions by 2050 worldwide calls for a huge increase in hydropower ambitions”.

It is clear that sustainable hydropower can play a crucial role in addressing the challenges of climate change. But this will only be achieved if we can bring the right tools, strategies and solutions to the conversation.

IHA is facilitating a wide-ranging public consultation to identify the principles, commitments and recommendations needed to supercharge sustainable hydropower’s contribution to the energy transition.

This work will culminate in the San José Declaration on Sustainable Hydropower at the World Hydropower Congress in September 2021, charting a course forward for the conversation at COP26 and beyond.

This webinar will include:

● A presentation of a consultation draft of the San José Declaration on Sustainable Hydropower

● Insights into the journey so far and how the Declaration has taken form

● A call for public feedback on the Declaration that will shape its final form ahead of the World Hydropower Congress 2021 and COP26

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Eddie Rich

CEO, International Hydropower Association

Eddie Rich became Chief Executive Officer of the International Hydropower Association in September 2019. He has over 20 years’ experience on the role of corporates in international development.

He was deputy head of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) since the international secretariat was established in 2007, including a period as its executive director.

His prior experience included working as the UK Government Department for International Development (DFID)’s representative to Angola and deputy head in Kenya, and as head of DFID's corporate social responsibility team.


Roger Gill has over 40 years of experience in the renewable energy sector with a particular focus on hydropower. He has a civil engineering background and has undertaken business studies at Harvard Business School.

He is a Non-Executive Director of Pacific Hydro, a renewable energy development company owned by State Power Investment Corporation of China (SPIC), and with his other Directorships has a decade of corporate governance experience. He is also principal consultant in his Hydro Focus international consulting business, specialising in providing advice on sustainable development and the operation of renewable energy businesses.

Roger has a global interest in fostering the development of renewable energy having worked in South America, Australia, Central and South East Asia and Africa.

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