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March 2018

22 March 2018 

The International Hydropower Association (IHA) is now accepting entries for the IHA Blue Planet Prize.

The prestigious award, which recognises hydropower projects for their achievements in sustainability, will be awarded at the World Hydropower Congress in Paris, France, 14-16 May 2019. 

The IHA Blue Planet Prize is awarded to projects which clearly demonstrate excellence according to a range of social, environmental, technical and economic criteria. Up to three projects can be awarded the accolade in each prize year.


For a project to be considered, it must have undergone an official assessment under the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol, an internationally recognised tool used to assess the performance of a hydropower project across more than 20 topics.

Frank Faraday, Sustainability Programme Manager at IHA, said: “The Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol promotes and guides more sustainable hydropower projects by providing a common language and objective framework for understanding, communicating and improving performance.

“The IHA Blue Planet Prize recognises excellence in the overall sustainability performance of hydropower projects. We encourage all developers and operators who have undertaken or are considering a Protocol assessment to get in touch today to find out how to apply.”

The IHA Blue Planet Prize was last awarded at the 2017 World Hydropower Congress. It was won by the Blanda project in Iceland, owned and operated by Landsvirkjun. The prize has previously been awarded to six other projects since 2001.

Eligible projects will have undergone an official Protocol assessment with the results of that assessment published before 31 December 2018. A project must have achieved or exceeded good practice scores across all Protocol topics and the plant must have been commissioned prior to entry.

The winner will be chosen by a panel of experts from the hydropower and sustainability sectors. For more information on the prize and to register your interest, visit IHA’s website:

20 March 2018

The International Hydropower Association (IHA) will share knowledge on hydropower’s role as a catalyst for sustainable development at the 8th World Water Forum this week in Brazil.

Richard Taylor, Chief Executive of IHA, will present at a session on water security and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development on Tuesday 20 March 2018. The panel is hosted by Itaipu Binacional and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA).

The panel will focus on the inter dependency between water and energy, highlighting the importance of integrated planning between the water and energy sectors and the main challenges and opportunities faced by companies and governments.

The World Water Forum in Brasilia comes as almost 1.1 billion people worldwide do not have access to electricity while 2.1 billion are without safely managed water services.


Mr Taylor said: “Hydropower is part of the solution to the challenge of sustainable development, including the urgent need to provide people in developing countries with affordable, clean energy and water services.

“Hydropower reduces the world’s reliance on fossil fuels, supporting variable renewables through its dispatchable grid services and storage. It provides an effective water management capability to limit the impacts of drought and flooding, while also providing many economic and social benefits including poverty alleviation.”

The panel on 20 March organised by Itaipu Binacional and UN DESA comes after the two organisations signed a Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions partnership initiative earlier this month to find solutions to global energy and water challenges.

During his presentation, Mr Taylor will provide an overview of hydropower capacity, generation and potential worldwide, while discussing the need for a “system-needs approach” to shape future development.

Mr Taylor will discuss hydropower’s utilisation of water to support clean power systems and the need for storage and multiple freshwater services. He will also refer to innovations in hybrid projects and the complementarity of hydropower and other renewable technologies.

The 8th World Water Forum, in Brasilia from 18 to 23 March 2018, brings together representatives of governments, international organisations, business and civil society to discuss issues related to water and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Itaipu Binacional, a member of IHA, manages the Itaipu power plant on the Paraná River. The plant is responsible for supplying 15 per cent of all electricity consumed in Brazil and 82 per cent of Paraguay’s electricity.

Event information:

Water Security and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Panel
Tuesday, 20 March 2018, Conference Room 4, World Water Forum 2018, Brasilia, Brazil

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Indonesia targets ‘more effective multi-stakeholder participation and better project preparation’

15 March 2018

The International Hydropower Association (IHA) is supporting Indonesia to put sustainability principles into practice when developing new hydropower projects.

Since April 2017, IHA has been working with central and local government officials on how to apply the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol, and coordinated an early stage assessment on a new project in southeast Sulawesi.

The IHA training and assessment project comes as the country aims to quadruple its installed hydropower capacity. Up to 65 new projects, representing an additional 15 GW of hydropower capacity, are planned to meet renewable energy targets.

Concluding this round of work, the results of the Pelosika assessment – the first Indonesian hydropower project to be reviewed under the Protocol – were discussed at a high-level event between 20 and 22 February in Jakarta, Indonesia, attended by more than 80 government officials and external stakeholders.


The event, titled ‘Early stage hydropower sustainability assessments and capacity building on sustainable hydropower in Indonesia’, was co-organised by IHA and the government. It provided a platform to review hydropower’s place in national development as well as commitment to achieve the Paris Climate Agreement. 

One of Indonesia’s goals is to increase the share of renewables in its energy mix to 23 per cent by 2025, and 31 per cent by 2050, as it is currently heavily reliant on coal and other non-renewable resources.

Hydropower is the country’s largest source of renewable energy, with an installed capacity of more than 5 GW.

The training programme and Pelosika assessment were carried out by IHA at the request of the National Development Planning Ministry of Indonesia (Bappenas), after funding was provided by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs of Switzerland (SECO).

“Indonesia is on the path to installing an additional 15 GW of hydropower capacity and 65 multipurpose dams by 2025," said Pak Abdul Malik, Director for Irrigation and Water Resources at Bappenas. “The implementation of the Protocol during the Pelosika dam project’s early stage was an important milestone, which has led to more effective multi-stakeholder participation and better project preparation. I look forward to implementing the Protocol again at other stages.”


Frank Faraday, IHA’s Sustainability Programme Manager, said: “Building knowledge on the Protocol in Indonesia has been a great achievement. The next phase is helping the government to channel the experience gained from Pelosika’s assessment into the development of future projects.”

Speakers at the Jakarta event included Pak Wismana Adisuryabrata, Bappenas’s Deputy of Infrastructure Affairs; Martin Stottele, Head of Economic Development Cooperation SECO at the Embassy of Switzerland in Indonesia; and Richard Taylor, CEO of the International Hydropower Association.

The high-level meeting was followed with workshops on finance and investment, including social and environmental requirements, regional grid planning, interconnections and the role of hydropower in smart grid stability.

To find out more about IHA’s involvement in applying the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol at Pelosika, please read Sustainability Specialist Joao Costa’s blog on developing sustainable hydropower in Indonesia

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