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Policy brief: The need for water as energy storage for better integration of renewables


Water storage policy brief

The need for water as energy storage for better integration of renewables is a policy brief produced by the United Nations University Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES) in colloboration with the International Hydropower Association (IHA) and the Centre for Environmental Design of Renewable Energy (CEDREN).

The brief follows a seminar on the subject convened by the three organisations at 2014 World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden.

World Hydropower Congress Pack


Congress pack

The World Hydropower Congress Pack is your guide to the world's most important gathering of hydropower decision-makers, which takes place on 19–21 May in Beijing, China.

The pack includes:

Video: "Instead of discussing military issues you can discuss how to share benefits"

Itaipu Binacional is a main sponsor of the 2015 World Hydropower Congress. The company was established in 1974 to build the and operate the Itaipu hydropower plant, which today supplies 17 per cent of the electricity consumed in Brazil and 75 per cent of Paraguay.

In this video, Jorge habib Hanna El Khouri, engineering and technical director at Itaipu Binacional, talks about how the project has fostered good bilateral relations, and how hydropower fits into Brazil's energy future.

Interview: Donal O’Leary on leadership in corporate governance

Donal O’Leary has represented Transparency International throughout the multi-stakeholder methodology that created and now governs the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol. In this interview, he discusses the importance of accountability in hydropower development, and how it is addressed by the protocol – a tool that assesses the sustainability of projects across a range of topics. 

Video: how can the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol add value?

The Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol is a tool that measures hydropower projects across a range of social, environmental, technical and economic considerations. In this interview, Simon Howard, sustainability specialist at the International Hydropower Association, discusses how the protocol can add value. You can read the interview in full below.


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