New Global Hydropower Day to celebrate the benefits of sustainable hydropower

A new Global Hydropower Day will take place on Tuesday 11 October 2022, shining a light on the positive impacts of sustainable hydropower on people and communities around the world.

Organisations and individuals are invited to join the celebration by sharing case studies and personal stories highlighting how the sustainable development of hydropower has improved people’s lives. Visit to find out more about how to get involved.

You can join the social media conversation on Global Hydropower Day using the hashtags #GlobalHydropowerDay and#WithHydropower.

Recognising sustainable hydropower’s role

Hydropower, as the world’s largest provider of renewable energy, employs more than two million people globally.

“Sustainable hydropower is a clean, green, modern and affordable energy source that has significant environmental and social benefits and has multiple positive impacts on people and communities across the world,” says Eddie Rich, CEO of the International Hydropower Association (IHA).

"Hydropower’s flexibility and energy storage services enable the fast growth of wind and solar, and it delivers affordable energy that will continue to bring benefits for many generations to come. But it is more than just an energy source.

“Whether by mitigating the effects of climate change, creating new career opportunities, advancing livelihoods, improving living standards, driving economic growth or managing precious water resources, there are many ways that sustainable hydropower is positively impacting people and communities.

“In a world that is grappling with the challenge of meeting net zero and reducing our reliance on fossil fuels, sustainable hydropower has an invaluable  role in future energy systems as a clean, green, modern and affordable solution to climate change.

“At the same time, we must acknowledge that any large infrastructure project that requires land use change will have an impact. Going forward, the only acceptable hydropower is sustainable hydropower, and that should be measured by projects certifying against the multi-stakeholder Hydropower Sustainability Standard. This will ensure that all hydropower will make the best of its positive impacts and minimise its negative ones.  

“For Global Hydropower Day this year, we are working with progressive organisations in the sustainable hydropower industry  to highlight the positive impacts we have achieved together for people and communities.”

Tell us your stories

Do you have a story to tell about your life in hydropower, or how a project has brought benefits to communities? Please get in touch with our Communications Team.

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