The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

What does climate resilience mean for the hydropower sector?

Future changes in temperature and precipitation are likely to have impacts, not only on individual hydropower projects but across entire water and energy systems. Developers, investors, governments and other stakeholders involved in hydropower need to make decisions to ensure that both infrastructure and systems are resilient to a range of possible future conditions.

When: 26 November 2015; 14:00-15:00 GMT
Where: Online
How to Register: Visit the event website to register

In October and November 2015, the International Hydropower Association (IHA) carried out a survey of more than 50 organisations involved in hydropower development. The survey sought to establish an understanding of how climate change is affecting the hydropower sector, and the measures that are being taken to build climate resilience into projects.

Although the survey found that the vast majority of respondents were well aware of the need to develop climate-resilient infrastructure, 74 per cent said that their organisation does not have existing guidelines on climate risk or resilience. Moreover, 83 per cent said that sector guidelines on this topic would be useful.

The need to develop a common framework, such as sector guidelines or a set of assessment tools, was also a key outcome of a recent workshop on the subject, which was convened by IHA and the World Bank Group in London on 13 November.

This IHA members' webinar brings together experts from IHA and the World Bank Group to present the results of this survey alongside the outcomes of our recent workshop.