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Climate change

Extreme weather events and changes in hydrological patterns can be expected in a world altered by climate change.

Hydropower systems are characterised by their longevity and are traditionally designed on the basis of historical hydrological data.

Planning hydropower systems from a long-term, climate-resilient perspective will ensure that future generations inherit infrastructure that will not be compromised by climate change.

Climate mitigation

IHA has led the way in developing a tool for reliably estimating the carbon emissions of hydropower.

 

Climate resilience

IHA has published the Hydropower Sector Climate Resilience Guide to ensure that hydropower projects will be resilient to climate change.

The guide provides workable international good practice guidance for project owners, governments, financial institutions and private developers. 

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  • GHG comparison study

    Comparing power generation options: study highlights hydropower’s place in the energy mix

    A Canadian study based on life-cycle assessments sheds light on how different power generation options and electricity mixes compare in terms of their greenhouse gas footprint and environmental impact.

    Type:
    Blog post
    Date:
    12 February 2016
  • World leaders celebrate the Paris Agreement

    What will the Paris Agreement mean for hydropower development?

    After two weeks of intense negotiations in Paris, 195 nations have agreed on a plan to hold the “increase in the global average temperature to well below 2° C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temper

    Type:
    Blog post
    Date:
    21 January 2016
  • Insights on hydropower's future from four associations

    We collaborated with HydroWorld to produce this short film, showcasing views on the sector from four different hydropower associations: the International Hydropower Association, National Hydropower Association, Canadian Hydropow

    Type:
    Blog post
    Date:
    6 January 2016
  • 2015 year in pictures

    The year in pictures: 2015

    At the end of 2015 we can look back on a significant year for hydropower, from the gathering of the sector at the World Hydropower Congress in Beijing, to the crucial Paris Agreement at COP21. Here are just some of the highlight

    Type:
    Blog post
    Date:
    15 December 2015
  • GHG webinar

    Webinar introducing the G-res tool: watch the recording

    On Wednesday 2 December we hosted a webinar that provided an overview of the IHA/UNESCO project on the GHG status of freshwater reservoirs, an introduction to the G-res tool, as well as the opportunity for partcipants to pose questions to the tool

    Type:
    Blog post
    Date:
    3 December 2015

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