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There are many environmental and social considerations which are criticial to achieving consensus on hydropower development.

We have champaioned the development of the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol, a tool that measures hydropower projects across a range of considerations, including environmental and social. The protocol was developed as a result of three years of multi-stakeholder engagement with governments, the finance sector, NGOs and hydropower industry.

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  • Annual issues survey webinar

    Hydropower issues survey webinar: watch the recording

    In December 2015, the International Hydropower Association (IHA) carried out an annual issues survey for the first time. This new, annual initiative aims to take the pulse of the hydropower sector at large, monitor key issues fa

    Type:
    Blog post
    Date:
    1 March 2016
  • Hydropower is a renewable energy source

    Hydropower’s most important characteristic is that it is renewable, survey confirms

    In December 2015, the International Hydropower Association (IHA) conducted a new annual survey. More than 200 people involved in hydropower gave their views on a range of issues for the sector.

    Type:
    Blog post
    Date:
    12 February 2016
  • 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
  • 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

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