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The International Hydropower Association will join REN Alliance partner organisations representing different renewable energy technologies to host a side event at COP22 in Marrakech, Morocco, on Monday 14 November.

COP22 logoSince COP21, renewable energies have taken centre stage in the climate change process. This side event, entitled Renewables Working Together: Rural, City, National, Regional and Island Approaches, will analyse key challenges and prospects at five levels of renewable energy deployment. Case studies and best practices demonstrating renewables working together in different contexts will be presented.

You can watch a live stream of the side event here.

The REN Alliance is a coalition of five renewable industry organisations that works towards a world where our energy needs are met primarily by renewable sources. Its mission is to demonstrate how renewables can work together in different local, national and regional contexts to meet the world’s energy needs. 

The Alliance includes the International Solar Energy Society (ISES), the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA), the International Hydropower Association (IHA), the International Geothermal Association (IGA), and the World Bioenergy Association (WBA).

Speakers at the side event include:

  • Stefan Gsaenger, secretary general, World Wind Energy Association
  • Remigijus Lapinskas, president, World Bioenergy Association
  • Dave Renne, president, International Solar Energy Society
  • Marietta Sander, executive director, International Geothermal Association
  • Richard Taylor, chief executive, International Hydropower Association
  • Gustaf Landahl, head of department planning and environment, City of Stockholm

It follows a side event held in at COP21 in Paris, in December 2015, which discussed how technology solutions are in place for a 100% renewable future. You can read about the outcomes of the previous side event here.

The COP22 side event is on the official renewables track, and will take place on Monday 14 November at 16:45 – 18:15 in room Austral (300).

The International Hydropower Association (IHA) will join with the Moroccan national utility, ONEE, to host a side event at COP22 on Thursday 17 November, exploring how hydropower can contribute to achieving Africa’s development goals. 

Towards better hydro in Africa COP22The event, entitled Towards Better Hydro in Africa, will also feature speakers from the African Union Commission, the Government of Guinea and CI-Energies of Côte d’Ivoire.

The total worldwide installed capacity of hydropower is now significant, at 1,211 GW. This is enough low-carbon electricity to supply more than a billion people.
Along with providing storage and flexibility to the increasingly renewable and clean electricity system, hydropower can also contribute to multiple freshwater services, such as flood and drought control. Hydropower can thus contribute to water and energy security in a climate-constrained world.

Hydropower is however significantly underutilised in developing countries, and its benefits are not always well understood or optimised. 

Against the backdrop of Agenda 2063 and the establishment of the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative, this session will bring together key players active in hydropower in Africa. 

Discussions will focus on current challenges, successes and how building the right projects in the right place can help achieve ambitious development goals.

Speakers at the side event include:

  • H.E Elham Ibrahim, Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, African Union Commission
  • H.E Cheick Taliby Sylla, Minister of Energy and Hydraulics, Government of Guinea
  • Mr Ali Fassi Fihri, CEO, ONEE, Morocco
  • Mr Richard Taylor, CEO, International Hydropower Association
  • Mr Amidou Traore, CEO, CI-Energies, Côte d’Ivoire

The side event takes place on Thursday 17 November at 10:30 – 12:00 in the Morocco Pavilion, Blue Zone.

23 August 2016

The International Hydropower Association is expanding its knowledge networks initiative to include eight topics identified as the most challenging for the sector.

The knowledge networks bring together professionals throughout IHA’s worldwide membership to share ideas and experiences, discuss new developments and collaborate on a range of key hydropower topics.

Knowledge networks will now operate across the following topics:

  • Clean energy systems
  • Climate mitigation
  • Climate resilience and adaptation
  • Communications
  • Project benefits
  • Project financing
  • Regional development
  • Water footprint

The networks are open to anyone who is an employee of an IHA corporate member or an individual member of IHA.

This expansion follows the popularity of existing knowledge networks on the topics of climate resilience and adaptation, and communications. These active networks have been established through a number of networking activities such as webinars, surveys, workshops, reports and briefings in recent months.

The topics for the new networks have been identified through a combination of ongoing sector monitoring, and consultation with industry professionals through IHA's annual issues survey.

Bill Girling, interim director of hydropower development at IHA, said: “We are seeking to harness the success of our established knowledge networks, and broaden our engagement with members to cover the most important topics for the hydropower sector today.

“By working collaboratively with specialists in our membership to identify and share experiences and good practices from many different regional contexts, we hope to unearth solutions to some of the biggest challenges and help the sector to move forward sustainably.” 

For more information on how the networks operate and how to get involved, you can visit our knowledge networks webpage or contact the IHA team at communications@hydropower.org.

The Climate Bonds Initiative has launched a Hydropower Technical Working Group to develop criteria for climate-friendly hydropower investment. The International Hydropower Association (IHA) will join representatives of various international NGOs, governments and academic institutes on the working group. 

Sean KidneyThe working group will seek to develop criteria to identify hydropower projects that deliver climate mitigation benefits and/or incorporate adaptation and resilience services.

The aim is to create a screening tool for investors and issuers to assess whether bonds linked to hydropower assets can be consistent with the target of limiting warming to a global average of 2°C, as set out in the Paris Agreement.

Richard Taylor, IHA’s chief executive, said: “Climate change can only be managed once we have developed tools for increasing investment in climate-aligned infrastructure. 

“Building on existing guidance and protocols, the Climate Bond Standard is a crucial step forward in this process. 

“Specific criteria for the screening of climate-compatible hydropower will be essential for bond issuers and investors to move forward with confidence."

Sean Kidney, CEO of the Climate Bonds Initiative, said: “The working group will help ensure the many issues around hydropower are closely examined, relevant science is considered and draft standards draw out specific climate-focused reporting and monitoring requirements for hydropower bonds and fully leverage existing guidance.”

You can find out more about the Hydropower Technical Working Group and who is involved here.

The International Hydropower Association (IHA) has been approved as an accredited observer of the Green Climate Fund.

Green Climate Fund logoAs an observer, IHA extends its role in providing a voice for hydropower in the international policy arena, and will work with a network of decision-makers on global funding.

The Green Climate Fund, established by 194 governments, is a global platform for investing in low-emission and climate-resilient development. It is accountable to the United Nations, and guided by the provisions of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The fund’s observers participate in board meetings and provide strategic advice on the design, development and implementation of the projects and activities to be financed.

By becoming an observer, IHA ensures that the hydropower sector is represented at the table of one of the key international bodies overseeing the distribution and delivery of climate funding.

You can find out more about the Green Climate Fund here: www.greenclimate.fund

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