Clean energy systems
The power sector, the largest source of global greenhouse gas emissions, must decarbonise to strengthen the global response to climate change.
The adoption of renewable, clean energy is integral to delivering the Paris Agreement on climate change, which aims to keep the global temperature rise this century to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels.
In order to achieve this goal, fossil-fuel dominated energy systems will need to transition to low-carbon alternatives.
Hydropower remains the largest source of renewable electricity generation in the world. It represents 16.6 per cent of global electricity production, more than all other renewables combined and will play an important role in the energy transition.
Hydropower provides valuable grid services that enable increased and more efficient deployment of variable renewables, alongside other essential energy and water services.
Our strategy and action
IHA is increasing awareness of hydropower’s value to clean energy systems and sustainable development.
Hydropower can maintain a stable and reliable power supply by offering flexibility to balance the variability of other renewables, while storing energy in reservoirs.
At the same time, hydropower infrastructure is vital for the provision of climate adaptation water services, providing water for irrigation and municipal supplies, while reducing the risks of flood and drought.
Working with partners such as the International Energy Agency, IRENA, REN21, REN-Alliance, the 100% Renewables campaign, and the World Energy Council, IHA is supporting renewable energy technologies working together.
We are actively engaged in developing publications, workshops, webinars and events to represent hydropower as a vital component of future energy systems.
In May 2017, clean energy systems were represented in two focus sessions at the 2017 World Hydropower Congress in Ethiopia: on hybrid renewable energy systems and renewable energy storage.
In June 2017, we participated in a plenary session at the World Wind Energy Association annual conference in Mälmö, Sweden, to present hydropower’s role in enabling variable renewables.
In September 2017, we gave a presentation on energy storage during a panel session at the Mexico International Renewable Energy Conference.
In November 2017, we launched the online, interactive Hydropower Pumped Storage Tracking Tool during the Global Renewable Energy Solutions Showcase, an official COP23 side-event.
In November 2017, as a member of the REN-Alliance, we presented hydropower’s role in renewables working together at an official COP23 side event.
In December 2017, we became a member of the IRENA Coalition for Action. Its mission is to promote global dialogue to drive the clean energy transition by increasing the share of renewables. IHA’ membership will ensure that hydropower’s value to clean energy systems and sustainable development is recognised.
Latest associated content
Governments will review the United Nations goal on sustainable energy at a major summit in Bangkok, Thailand, next week.Type:News postDate:14 February 2018
The International Hydropower Association (IHA) joined nearly 300 climate change and renewable energy experts at the Global Renewable Energy Solutions Showcase (GRESS) at the COP23 climate change conference in Bonn, Germany, last month.Type:News postDate:15 December 2017
The world's largest hydropower plant in terms of electricity generation is producing clean energy and avoiding negative climate and environmental impacts, writes Helio Gilberto Amaral, Head of Coordination at Itaipu Binacional.Type:Blog postDate:25 November 2017
New concept proposed to accelerate sustainable hydropower developmentType:News postDate:17 November 2017
Interactive tool for tracking pumped storage hydropower projects launched by IHA at COP23 climate conferenceType:News postDate:9 November 2017