Dr Bernt Rydgren

Bernt holds a PhD focussed on soil erosion studies in Lesotho in Southern Africa, a Licentiate and a BSc degree in Physical Geography, as well as a BSc in Hydrology, all from Uppsala University, Sweden. He has 29 years of broad experience from environmental and water-resources work at both practical and strategic levels, mainly in the power sector with a special focus on hydropower. In relation to hydropower, ESIAs, sediment-transport and hydrology/water resources-related topics are his specialties. Bernt worked for 15 years for Vattenfall, the largest power utility in Sweden, as an in-house consultant with assignments both within the organisation and consulting to other companies, developers, development banks etc. As part of his strategic environmental responsibilities for the hydropower section of the company he was project manager for the world’s first ISO 14025-certified Environmental Product Declaration (hydropower electricity from Lule Älv, Sweden) in 1999. He was also Vice President for environmental affairs for Vattenfall’s Latin American investment company in 2000-2001. As a consultant, Bernt has carried out and/or reviewed socio-environmental and sustainability assessments in a wide variety of countries, and has also been the resident project manager for the Ruhudji Hydropower project in Tanzania in 2008-09. Bernt has been involved in most of the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol assessments carried out, or being carried out, thus far (Australia, Germany, Malaysia, Iceland, Norway, Brazil, Canada, France, Colombia and Vietnam), including as Lead Assessor for 6 of these. Bernt works for the Hydropower Business Area of the ÅF Group in Sweden (www.afconsult.com), a global technical consultant with around 7 000 employees.


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