The Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol is a tool that promotes and guides more sustainable hydropower projects. It provides a common language that allows governments, civil society, financial institutions and the hydropower sector to talk about and evaluate sustainability issues. The Protocol offers a way to assess the performance of a hydropower project across more than 20 sustainability topics. Assessments are based on objective evidence and the results are presented in a standardised way, making it easy to see how existing facilities are performing and how well new projects are being developed.

The Protocol is valuable for:

  • Independent review of sustainability issues
  • Guiding sustainability issues
  • Comparison with international best practice
  • Communication with stakeholders
  • Facilitating access to finance
  • Preparing clients to meet bank requirements
  • Reducing risk of investment opportunities


The Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol is now widely used by leading hydropower operators, developers, banks and NGOs.

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NEWS UPDATE 29 JUNE 2015

Protocol training delivered to World Bank specialists

Protocol training delivered to World Bank specialists

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NEWS UPDATE 29 JUNE 2015

Early Stage tool used in Ghana

Early Stage tool used in Ghana

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