The Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol is a tool to evaluate the sustainability of a hydropower project.
An assessment is valuable for:
- comparison with international best practice,
- management of sustainability issues,
- independent review of sustainability issues,
- communication with stakeholders.
The Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol is now widely used by leading hydropower operators, developers, banks and NGO’s.
Key partners are detailed here.
Policy and guidance documents which include or discuss the Protocol are detailed here.
The Protocol is the result of intensive work from 2008 to 2010 by a multi-stakeholder body with representatives from social and environmental NGOs (Oxfam, The Nature Conservancy, Transparency International, WWF); governments (China, Germany, Iceland, Norway, Zambia); commercial and development banks (Equator Principles Financial Institutions Group, The World Bank); and the hydropower sector, represented by IHA. Click here for more details.
Watch a discussion about hydropower sustainability and the added value of the Protocol by Prof. Dr. Dominik Godde, Director EON Hydro Fleet Germany. Specific discussion regarding the Protocol begins at 6 minutes and 50 seconds
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