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.
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.
The results of a Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol assessment of Kabeli-A, a 37.6 MW run-of-river hydropower project under preparation in Nepal, have been published.
The International Hydropower Association (IHA) has been awarded a mark of excellence at the 2015 Association Excellence Awards in the category for best overall international association.
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.
The International Hydropower Association is working with UNESCO and IEA-Hydro to build a better understanding of hydropower's greenhouse gas footprint and role in mitigation. In December 2014, a group of scientists gathered in London for a workshop as part of the project – in this video they explain its importance and future plans. You can see the full videos with individual participants below.
Sarawak Energy and Hydro-Québec have agreed a memorandum of understanding to share experiences and conduct technical exchanges on hydropower development.
In the video above, Dr Chen Shiun, general manager of research and development at Sarawak Energy, discusses the partnership.
He says: "We think we will be able to learn a lot from the experience in terms of how to address environmental and social issues. This is why we have decided to form a memorandum of understanding – to share information.
Benedito Braga is the president of the World Water Council (WWC). In this video interview, he spoke with us about the water and energy nexus, and hydropower’s role in it. WWC is co-convening a session on the nexus at the 2015 World Hydropower Congress. You can read the interview in full below.
How does hydropower fit into the World Water Council’s work programme?
James Dalton is the coordinator of global initiatives for the IUCN Water Programme. In this interview, he spoke to us about the importance of considering sustainability despite the pressures to address urgent development needs. He will speak in a session on this subject at the forecoming World Hydropower Congress in Beijing.