Operators and developers

Hydropower operators and developers can use the Protocol to:

  • guide development of new hydropower facilities
  • assess the risks of potential investments as part of due diligence
  • facilitate access to finance
  • reduce the risk of a costly project delay
  • seek external qualification for financing from banks, carbon credits (e.g. CDM/JI), renewable energy credits (e.g. RECs), recognition in voluntary markets (e.g. green certificates); and the administrators of these schemes in judging admission
  • assess the sustainability of existing operations and develop programs for improvement
  • guide corporate sustainability management and training
  • provide a common basis for dialogue on sustainability issues
  • make comparison with international best practice


Further reading

EON: The Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol in practice – a utility’s perspective

Case study: Protocol assessment of Kabeli A, Nepal


Five ways to improve the sustainability of your hydropower project