Luiz Gabriel Azevedo, Jean-Étienne Klimpt and Dr Helen Locher have been announced at the winners of the 2015 Mosonyi Award for Excellence in Hydropower.
The award recognises outstanding contributions to the hydropower sector.
Mr Azevedo and Dr Locher were presented with the award by IHA president Ken Adams at the opening banquet of the 2015 World Hydropower Congress in Beijing, China. Mr Klimpt was unable to attend the event.
Mr Azevedo has been involved with infrastructure development and environmental management projects in some 30 countries.
On presenting the award, Mr Adams paid tribute to Mr Azevedo’s “consistent commitment to sustainable hydropower” through the many diverse organisations he has worked for, including WWF, the World Bank and Odebrecht (where he is now working).
Helen has 25 years’ experience working on environmental, social and sustainability issues in many contexts. She is currently principal consultant for sustainability at Hydro Tasmania. Mr Adams spoke of her “instrumental role in the creation of the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol”. You can find out more about the protocol, which is a tool for measuring the sustainability of hydropower projects, here.
In the absence of Mr Klimpt – a former employee of Hydro-Québec – Mr Adams said that he had a “key role in the development of IHA in special subjects related to sustainability and the development of sustainability guidelines.
The award is named after Emil Mosonyi, the founding president of the International Hydropower Association. Prof Mosonyi, who passed away in 2009 aged 98, made major contributions to hydropower during his long career.
Itaipu Binacional has confirmed that it will be a main sponsor of the 2015 World Hydropower Congress in Beijing.
The congress takes place on the 19-21 May, and will explore the future of hydropower, as well as looking at best practice case studies for a range of topics.
Itaipu Binacional’s role as main sponsor will involve contributing to the planning of the congress agenda, and providing financial support.
The company was established in 1974 to build and operate the Itaipu hydropower plant, which today provides 14 per cent of Brazil’s electricity and 79 per cent of Paraguay’s. It will bring expertise to the congress on areas relating to cross-border projects, sustainability, and a perspective on the future development of hydropower.
José Maria Sanchez Tilleria, Itaipu's Binacional's technical director, said: "Itaipu sees the World Hydropower Congress as the most relevant event in the world concerning sustainable hydropower. Helping IHA to foster hydropower sustainability around the globe is fully consistent with Itaipu's vision to pursue the best sustainability practices.
"Furthermore, the congress provides us an unmatchable learning and sharing opportunity. We strongly encourage our associates to participate in this event."
You can watch a video interview with Jorge Habib Hanna El Khouri, engineering superintendent at Itaipu Binacional, here.
The International Hydropower Association (IHA) has been awarded a mark of excellence at the 2015 Association Excellence Awards in the category for best overall international association.
The inaugural awards took place in London on Friday 27 February, at a ceremony gathering around 300 representatives of a range of associations.
The awards distinguish individuals, teams and initiatives, recognising excellence in the way associations operate and serve their members. They emphasise best practice in running successful, responsible and sustainable associations, that also deliver high value to members.
IHA was also shortlisted in the categories for best website, and best training initiative for IHA Sustainability Partnerships.
You can find out more about the awards here.
Sarawak Energy and Hydro-Québec have agreed a memorandum of understanding to share experiences and conduct technical exchanges on hydropower development.
In the video above, Dr Chen Shiun, general manager of research and development at Sarawak Energy, discusses the partnership.
He says: "We think we will be able to learn a lot from the experience in terms of how to address environmental and social issues. This is why we have decided to form a memorandum of understanding – to share information.
"From the Hydro-Québec side, I think that they see that Sarawak has been active in the tropics. In the future there will be many projects in this kind of climate, and they will want to make an effort to contribute in generating new knowledge."
The two companies formed a relationship after meeting at a world congress organised by the International Hydropower Association in Brazil, in 2011. Now that exchanges have grown, the memorandum provides a more formal framework to conduct exchanges on greenhouse gas research profiles of reservoirs, enviornmental follow-up efforts and studies in aquatic and terrestrial biodiversity, geomorphology and water quality.
The memorandum is for an initial period of three years, but Dr Chen Shiun says that following on from it "maybe we will discover something else we can share".
Nominations have opened for the forthcoming IHA Board elections, which will take place between May and July 2015.
The elections will determine the IHA Board members that will lead the association’s work in the 2015–17 period.
“We encourage our members to participate widely in these elections,” said Richard Taylor, Chief Executive of IHA. “We are hoping for a strong field of candidates, reflecting the diversity of experience and expertise that exists in our membership throughout the world.”
Election candidates must be either be an individual member of IHA, or employed by a corporate member.
If elected, candidates must also be willing to contribute in meeting the shared responsibilities of the Board, and commit to attend the majority of its meetings. The Board meets three times every year.
How to stand as a candidate
To stand as a candidate in the IHA Board elections, you need to fill in a nomination form, which you can download here, to confirm your interest.
The schedule for the 2015 elections is as follows:
- 24 April: Closing date for candidate nominations
- 19 May: Candidates are presented at the IHA General Meeting in Beijing, China, at the 2015 World Hydropower Congress
- 12 June: Voting opens (ballot forms are distributed to members)
- 24 July: Deadline for voting closes
- 31 July: Election results are announced
- 21–23 September: First meeting of the new Board, London, UK
You can read our five-step guide to standing in the board elections here.
If you wish to stand for election, please send your completed nomination form to firstname.lastname@example.org, fax it to +44 208 643 5600, or post it to IHA Central Office, International Hydropower Association, Nine Sutton Court Road, Sutton, London, SM1 4SZ, UK.