IHA’s 2022-2023 Annual Report: Momentum grows to ensure all new hydropower is sustainable hydropower.
2022 saw a momentous year for IHA including the launches of the Planning for Climate Commission, the Global Renewables Alliance at COP27, the defining of our five-year strategy and the bedding in of a new values-based membership model. 2023 has begun well with the first certification under the Hydropower Sustainability Standard. These have set the foundations for a successful 2023 which will culminate in the World Hydropower Congress in Bali in October.
Now in its ninth edition, the 2022 Hydropower Status Report is published at a key moment in the clean energy transition.
The 2022 Hydropower Status Report finds that:
However, the report finds that this growth is not enough to reach net zero targets.
The International Hydropower Association (IHA) has published a new How-to Guide on Hydropower and Indigenous Peoples to help developers and operators to engage with Indigenous Communities in hydropower development.
The guide provides guidance on working with Indigenous Peoples, achieving international good practice when planning and delivering a hydropower project, and obtaining consent for development.
The San José Declaration on Sustainable Hydropower identifies a new set of principles recommendations to guide new development and enhance the sector’s contribution to the energy transition.
This congress draft of the declaration has now been superseded by the final version, which was launched at the conclusion of the World Hydropower Congress on 24 September 2021 after an extensive public consultation.
Download the San José Declaration on Sustainable Hydropower in your preferred language:
A Declaração de San José sobre Energia Hidrelétrica Sustentável identifica um novo conjunto de recomendações de princípios para orientar o novo desenvolvimento e aumentar a contribuição do setor para a transição energética.
Ele foi lançado na conclusão do Congresso Mundial de Hidreletricidade de 2021 após um processo de consulta pública que envolveu centenas de organizações e indivíduos, incluindo representantes de governos, ONGs, indústria hidrelétrica, instituições financeiras internacionais e acadêmicos.
La Déclaration de San José sur l'hydroélectricité durable identifie un nouvel ensemble de recommandations de principes pour guider les nouveaux développements et renforcer la contribution du secteur à la transition énergétique.
Il a été lancé à l'issue du Congrès mondial de l'hydroélectricité de 2021 à la suite d'un processus de consultation publique auquel ont participé des centaines d'organisations et de particuliers, notamment des représentants de gouvernements, d'ONG, de l'industrie hydroélectrique, d'institutions financières internationales et d'universités.
Декларация Сан-Хосе об устойчивой гидроэнергетике определяет новый набор принципов, рекомендаций для руководства новым развитием и увеличения вклада сектора в энергетический переход.
Он был запущен по завершении Всемирного конгресса по гидроэнергетике 2021 года после процесса общественных консультаций, в котором участвовали сотни организаций и отдельных лиц, включая представителей правительств, НПО, гидроэнергетики, международных финансовых институтов и академических кругов.
La Declaración de San José sobre energía hidroeléctrica sostenible identifica un nuevo conjunto de recomendaciones de principios para guiar el nuevo desarrollo y mejorar la contribución del sector a la transición energética.
Se lanzó al final del Congreso Mundial de Energía Hidroeléctrica de 2021 luego de un proceso de consulta pública que involucró a cientos de organizaciones e individuos, incluidos representantes de gobiernos, ONG, la industria hidroeléctrica, instituciones financieras internacionales y el mundo académico.
Read the Executive Summary for the findings of the International Forum on Pumped Storage Hydropower's three Working Groups, on Cost, Capabilities and Innovation, Sustainability, and Policy and Market Frameworks.
Read the findings from the International Forum on Pumped Storage Hydropower's Working Group on Costs, Capabilities and Innovations pertaining to 'Innovative Pumped Storage Hydropower Configurations and Uses'.
The report was launched at the 2021 World Hydropower Congress, find out more.
The International Forum on Pumped Storage Hydropower's Policy and Market Frameworks Working Group has released a new paper, 'Pump it up: Recommendations for urgent investment in pumped storage hydropower to back the clean energy transition.'
The paper discusses and lends recommendations pertaining to how pumped storage hydropower can galvanise investment in order to fulfill its necesary role in the clean energy transition.
Additionally, the Forum has created several are specific papers to be published alongside this paper:
The International Forum on Pumped Storage Hydropower's Working Group on Capabilities, Costs and Innovation has released a new paper, 'Pumped Storage Hydropower Capabilities and Costs'
The paper provides more information and recommendations on the financial side of Pumped Storage Hydropower and its capabilities, to ensure it can play its necessary role in the clean energy transition.
The International Forum on Pumped Storage Hydropower's Sustainability Working Group has released a working paper exploring the sustainability of pumped storage hydropower.
As pumped storage hydropower continues to grow and fulfil its necessary role in the clean energy transition, it is essential that sustainability is at the core of development.
More than 500 GW of hydropower installations are in the pipeline worldwide, but this is far short of what is required to limit dangerous global warming.
This leaves a 300 GW gap in what is required from hydropower by 2050 to limit global warming to 2°C, and a gap of over 600 GW in what is required to limit warming to 1.5°C and achieve net zero emissions.
This is the conclusion of a major new report, ‘Hydropower 2050: Identifying the next 850+ GW towards 2050’, by researchers from the International Hydropower Association (IHA), published at the World Hydropower Congress.
Find the Congress programme here.
The report assesses pathways to net zero modelled by the International Energy Agency (IEA) and International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), against current and future planned hydropower capacity.
The San José Declaration on Sustainable Hydropower identifies a new set of principles, commitments and recommendations to guide new development and enhance the sector’s contribution to the energy transition.
This consultation draft of the declaration has now been superseded by the final version, which was launched at the conclusion of the World Hydropower Congress on 24 September 2021 after an extensive public consultation. You can download the final declaration here.
The consultation draft is also available for download in the following languages:
The How-to Guide on Labour and Working Conditions will help hydropower developers, operators, contractors and sub-contractors manage labour and working conditions. The guide covers human resource policies, recruitment, occupational health and safety, non-discrimination and gender, workers’ accommodation, staff training and capacity building and grievance redressal mechanisms among other themes.
Now in its eighth edition, the 2021 Hydropower Status Report is published as the world continues to grapple with the Covid-19 pandemic.
The report compiled by the International Hydropower Association (IHA) finds that:
• Global installed hydropower capacity rose by 1.6 per cent to 1,330 gigawatts in 2020.
• The sector generated a record 4,370 terawatt hours of clean electricity last year.
• During 2020, projects totalling 21 GW were put into operation, up on 2019’s 15.6 GW.
• Nearly two-thirds of global growth came from China, which saw 13.8 GW of new capacity. Among other countries that added new capacity, only Turkey (2.5 GW) contributed more than 1 GW.
• Major projects completed include the 2.1 GW Lauca facility in Angola, the 1.8 GW Jixi pumped storage facility in China and the Ilisu (1.2 GW) and Lower Kaleköy (0.5 GW) projects in Turkey.
• The single biggest project was Wudongde in China, which put eight of its 12 units online, adding 6.8 GW to the Chinese grid.
• China remains the world leader in respect of total hydropower installed capacity with over 370 GW. Brazil (109 GW), the USA (102 GW), Canada (82 GW) and India (50 GW) make up the rest of the top five.