Guidelines and assessment tools used by leading developers and operators to design and develop sustainable hydropower projects.
The Hydropower Sustainability Guidelines on Good International Industry Practice define expected sustainability performance for the hydropower sector across environmental, social, technical and governance performance criteria.
The 26 guidelines present definitions of the processes and outcomes relating to good practice in planning, operation and implementation. The guidelines are a key reference for meeting the expectations of lenders, regulators and communities.
The Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol (HSAP) is a tool for assessing the environmental, social, governance and technical performance of a hydropower project against internationally recognised good and best practices.
Assessments use objective evidence to create a sustainability profile, which can be used to drive continuous improvement. These assessments are delivered by fully accredited assessors.
The tools are governed by the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Council, a multi-stakeholder group of representatives from energy companies, government agencies, financial institutions and social and environmental NGOs.