Hydropower

 

Latest Developments

  • The Climate Bonds Initiative has launched a Hydropower Technical working Group (TWG) to assess and develop Criteria for climate-friendly investment in the sector.
  • The Hydropower TWG commenced with its initial meeting on June 21st 2016.
  • The TWG launch announcement can be found here. 

Background

The Hydropower Technical Criteria aims to be able to identify and monitor hydropower investments which deliver climate mitigation benefits and/or incorporates adaptation and resilience impacts.

The IPCC classifies hydropower into three main categories; run-of-river, storage (reservoir) and pumped storage hydropower. In addition, in-stream technologies (new and less developed) can be added as a fourth category.

Hydropower will play an important role in the transition to a low carbon economy. It has significant energy storage potential and is an established renewable source.  Hydropower was initially a sub-sector under consideration by the water group, but given both the complexities and sensitivities of hydropower investments, it was decided to address it under a separate expert group. The increase in inquiries regarding the potential development of Hydropower Criteria, along with the prospect of further large-scale hydro development, also led to this decision to create a separate expert group.

Find out more

To find out more, provide support for The Climate Bonds Initiative or to receive relevant discussion papers when released please contact certification@climatebonds.net.

 

The Hydropower TWG – What’s involved?

 

The TWG brings together a host of industry, environmental, technical and water experts drawn from international NGOs, government and academia. TWG processes will be conducted through regular meetings and bilateral consultations, organised around evolving draft documents. Once developed, Draft Criteria will then be opened for public and industry stakeholder consultation. Feedback will be reviewed before being submitted to the Climate Bonds Standard Board for consideration.

 

Who is on the Hydropower TWG?

WWF
Jian-hua Meng

International Water Security Lead

International Hydropower Association
Richard Taylor

Chief Executive Officer

Alliance for Global Water Adaptation
Dr. John Matthews

Secretariat Coordinator

International Institute for Environment and Development
Jamie Skinner
Principle Researcher, Natural Resources Group
& team leader, water

Water and Power Law Group PC
Richard Roos-Collins

Principal

Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy
Oivind Johansen

Deputy Director

State Secretariat for Economic Affairs
Mattia Celio
Program manager

National Planning Commission, South Africa
Mike Muller

Commissioner

IUCN Global Water Programme
Dr. James Dalton
Coordinator Global Water Initiatives

Great Rivers Partnership, TNC
David Harrison
Senior Advisor and Consultant

REN21
Christine Lins
Executive Secretary

International Hydropower Association (IHA)
Cameron Ironside
Sustainability Director

 

 

Independent Consultant
Joerg Hartmann

UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education
Miroslav Marence
Associate Professor in Storage and Hydropower

TNC
Jorge Gastelumendi
Senior Policy Advisor
 
       
TWG Observers   Technical Consultant  
 

World Bank Group
Pravin Karki
Senior Hydropower Specialist
Energy & Extractives Global Practice

World Bank Group
Diego Rodriguez
Senior Economist

Climate Bonds Initiative
Helen Jackson
Environmental Economist