Itaipu Binacional has confirmed that it will be a main sponsor of the 2015 World Hydropower Congress in Beijing.
The congress takes place on the 19-21 May, and will explore the future of hydropower, as well as looking at best practice case studies for a range of topics.
Itaipu Binacional’s role as main sponsor will involve contributing to the planning of the congress agenda, and providing financial support.
The company was established in 1974 to build and operate the Itaipu hydropower plant, which today provides 14 per cent of Brazil’s electricity and 79 per cent of Paraguay’s. It will bring expertise to the congress on areas relating to cross-border projects, sustainability, and a perspective on the future development of hydropower.
José Maria Sanchez Tilleria, Itaipu's Binacional's technical director, said: "Itaipu sees the World Hydropower Congress as the most relevant event in the world concerning sustainable hydropower. Helping IHA to foster hydropower sustainability around the globe is fully consistent with Itaipu's vision to pursue the best sustainability practices.
"Furthermore, the congress provides us an unmatchable learning and sharing opportunity. We strongly encourage our associates to participate in this event."
You can watch a video interview with Jorge Habib Hanna El Khouri, engineering superintendent at Itaipu Binacional, here.
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 inaugural awards took place in London on Friday 27 February, at a ceremony gathering around 300 representatives of a range of associations.
The awards distinguish individuals, teams and initiatives, recognising excellence in the way associations operate and serve their members. They emphasise best practice in running successful, responsible and sustainable associations, that also deliver high value to members.
IHA was also shortlisted in the categories for best website, and best training initiative for IHA Sustainability Partnerships.
You can find out more about the awards here.