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Climate change

Extreme weather events and changes in hydrological patterns can be expected in a world altered by climate change.

Hydropower systems are characterised by their longevity and are traditionally designed on the basis of historical hydrological data.

Planning hydropower systems from a long-term, climate-resilient perspective will ensure that future generations inherit infrastructure that will not be compromised by climate change.

Climate mitigation

IHA has led the way in developing a tool for reliably estimating the carbon emissions of hydropower.

 

Climate resilience

IHA has published the Hydropower Sector Climate Resilience Guide to ensure that hydropower projects will be resilient to climate change.

The guide provides workable international good practice guidance for project owners, governments, financial institutions and private developers. 

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  • Guest blog: Hydrology and climate change - how climate models can help the hydropower sector

    Climate change is a complex phenomenon which is under intense study by the scientific community for the risk it poses to sustainable development. Vinod Chilkoti, researcher at the University of Windsor (Ontario, Canada) writes about possible strategies for the hydropower sector.

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    Date:
    30 August 2017
  • dam safety Entura

    Guest blog: Keeping safe around dams

    Angus Swindon, Entura's national director of power and water, explains that keeping the public safe around dams involves considering and mitigating some more common and less documented risks. 

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    Date:
    21 July 2017
  • Chaglla community bus stop

    Better Hydro: Environmental and social issues management at Chaglla, Peru

    This case study is featured in Better Hydro: Compendium of Case Studies 2017, which highlights examples of good practice in hydropower sustainability across all aspects of project development.

    Type:
    Blog post
    Date:
    17 July 2017
  • Better Hydro: engaging with indigenous peoples at Keeyask, Canada

    The Keeyask project was developed by Manitoba Hydro (MH) in partnership with four Cree Nations communities affected by the project. This case study demonstrates best practices in engaging and working with indigenous peoples, respecting culture and livelihoods, achieving consent and providing significant benefits.

    Type:
    Blog post
    Date:
    28 June 2017
  • Boating on the Rance Estuary, France

    Identifying, quantifying and maximising the multiple benefits of hydropower

    Hydropower continues to be a catalyst for growth around the world as it remains the dominant form of renewable energy, having contributed over 16 per cent of the globe’s electricity production in 2016.

    Type:
    Blog post
    Date:
    27 June 2017

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