Our mission

The International Hydropower Association (IHA) is a non-profit membership organisation and the voice of sustainable hydropower.

Since we were founded a quarter of a century ago, the hydropower sector has seen tremendous growth – more than doubling in size to over 1,300 GW today. But even this is not enough to meet the carbon reduction targets set in the Paris Agreement.  

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has stated that, by 2050, worldwide hydropower installed capacity will need to reach 2,150 GW, with 600 GW of existing capacity needing to be upgraded.

As an association, we believe that all new hydropower projects should be developed and operated responsibly, and sustainably.

Advancing sustainable hydropower

IHA's mission is "to advance sustainable hydropower by building and sharing knowledge on its role in renewable energy systems, responsible freshwater management and climate change solution".

We seek to deliver on our mission through advocacy, research and policy initiatives and championing sustainable good practices.  

We achieve this through four strategic objectives:

• Advancing policies and strategies that strengthen the sector’s performance

• Building a vibrant, inclusive and proactive hydropower community

• Creating an open, innovative and trusted platform for knowledge

• Delivering value to members throughout the world

IHA Business Plan 2019/20-22/23

Central Office

Our work programmes and membership services are supported by IHA Central Office, based in London, UK.

The staff team works closely with IHA members, partner organisations, international working groups and networks to deliver on strategic priorities set by the IHA Board.

Download IHA's 2019-2020 Annual Report

Registered office

IHA is the operating name of International Hydropower Association Limited, a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee incorporated in England (number 8656160).

Registered Office: Riverside House, 1-5 Como Street, Romford, RM7 7DN, United Kingdom. VAT registration number: GB 221886503

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