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16/7/2021

IHA seeks public feedback on ambitious new vision for hydropower

The International Hydropower Association (IHA) is setting out an ambitious vision for the hydropower sector to address climate change in a sustainable way, in a draft declaration released today.

The San José Declaration on Sustainable Hydropower identifies a set of principles, recommendations and commitments to guide new developments and enhance the sector’s contribution to the energy transition.  


IHA is now calling for broad public feedback on a first consultation draft:

Comments on this consultation draft are requested by Friday 13 August. The final declaration will be issued by IHA at the World Hydropower Congress, 7-24 September 2021.  

Organisations and individuals concerned about how hydropower can meet global climate and development goals are encouraged to provide feedback during the current public consultation phase. Those attending the World Hydropower Congress will have the opportunity to show their support for the final declaration upon its issuance.

A public webinar will be held on Thursday 22 July, where IHA Chief Executive Eddie Rich will present the content of the draft declaration and provide insights into the journey so far.  

You can sign up to participate in the webinar session that best suits your time zone:

The publication of the draft declaration follows a landmark report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) calling for policy and regulatory measures to incentivise and invest in sustainable hydropower.  The Hydropower Special Market Report concluded that “reaching net zero emissions by 2050 worldwide calls for a huge increase in hydropower ambitions”. The 2021 Hydropower Status Report is a stark reminder of how far behind the ambition we are at present.

IHA will present the San José Declaration on Sustainable Hydropower to governments at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow in November.  

“The San José Declaration provides an opportunity for the sector to define for governments, for policymakers, for the community, exactly what the sector is prepared to do to ensure hydropower is developed sustainably throughout the 21st century,” said IHA President Roger Gill.

“We've put together a first draft of the San José Declaration, but we need your input, because it's your words we need to deliver to the decision-makers of COP26.”

The San José Declaration has been published in several languages:

- Spanish

- French

- Chinese

- Russian

- Portuguese

Register for the World Hydropower Congress now.

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