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Sustainable Development of Hydropower

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The Sustainable Development of Hydropower initiative shared expertise, best practices, and methodologies related to the sustainability and financing of hydropower, and the initiative worked to motivate multilateral agencies to consider sustainable hydropower in their portfolios of possible energy solutions for developing countries.

  • In November 2010, a meeting (Sustainable Hydropower Conference) was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in coordination with the International Energy Agency (IEA). This conference brought together approximately 230 attendees from more than 35 countries, including hydropower experts, the business and finance communities, nongovernmental organizations, and high-level government representatives to share experiences and methodologies and to identify needs related to the financing and sustainability of hydropower.
  • The “Manual for Hydropower Inventory of River Basins,” developed by the Brazilian Electrical Energy Research Center (CEPEL), was released in English at the Sustainable Hydropower Conference. This manual can now be freely downloaded from the Ministry of Mines and Energy of Brazil, CEPEL, and the IEA (visit for more information).
  • The Hydropower Technology Roadmap was finalized.  This publication details action needed from policy makers to allow hydroelectric production to double by 2050, an achievement that could prevent annual emissions of up to 3 billion tonnes of CO2 from fossil-fuel plants.
  • Four workshops were held regarding the development of the hydropower roadmap. The first was held in Paris in May 2011. The second workshop was held in Rio de Janeiro at CEPEL´s facilities in October 2011. The third and fourth workshops were held in May 2012 in Paris and in Washington, DC, respectively. Each workshop brought together 35 hydropower experts from governments, industry, academy, finance communities, and non-governmental organizations.
  • Three launch events were held for the hydropower roadmap. The first was held in Bilbao, Spain, in October 2012. The second and third events were held in in Brazil in December 2012, in Brasília at the Ministry of Mines and Energy, and in Rio de Janeiro at CEPEL facilities.