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A new era of climate finance

Philipp Hauser is vice president carbon markets at GDF Suez Energy Latin America. He writes about his involvement at IHA’s World Congress in Malaysia, focusing on discussions about project finance in the 21st century and the environmental cost of delay.

The main benefit of participating in IHA’s World Congress was the possibility of exchanging views and experiences on topics relating to hydropower sustainability, and how potential problems and opportunities can be addressed. 

IHA Activity Report 2014 (multiple languages available)


Activity Report cover

Advancing Sustainable Hydropower is our 2014 Activity Report – a publication that highlights achievements in 2013 and outlines our plans for the future. 

Do the benefits of sustainable hydropower outweigh the costs?

A recent report from researchers at Oxford University questions the economic viability of large-scale hydropower development, highlighting cost and schedule overruns. Entitled “the actual costs of hydropower megaprojects development”, the paper overlooks the multiple benefits of these projects.

We take a chance to review some fundamentals of hydropower and the return on investment of these projects.

Renewing collaboration in China

The China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research (IWHR) and IHA extended their collaboration by renewing their co-operation agreement last week, 26 February.  The agreement lays out plans for mutually beneficial work in the next two years, and the continuation of the IHA China office, which is hosted by the institute.


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