IRENA’s World Energy Transitions Outlook makes clear that the world has to urgently step up action on all fronts of the energy transition to achieve our climate and sustainable development goals. Hydropower is a critical pillar for decarbonising energy systems, both by providing clean electricity as well as the necessary flexibility for integrating high shares of variable renewables. If the world is to meet its climate goals, hydropower would have to reach 2,900 GW by 2050, more than double the installed capacity in 2020.
Building on the knowledge gathered in previous Collaborative Frameworks on Hydropower and consultations on the San José Declaration on Sustainable Hydropower by the International Hydropower Association (IHA) and Costa Rica, IRENA has organized its first High-Level Meeting on the Collaborative Framework on Hydropower. The aim was to facilitate discussions among High-Level officials and decision- makers on key hydropower-related issues and experiences, and to identify potential pathways and concrete actions needed in charting a bright future for hydropower.
This High-Level meeting took place on Wednesday, 22 September 2021, 17:00-18:30 (CEST) back-to-back with the World Hydropower Congress, hosted by the IHA and the Government of Costa Rica.
The detailed concept note is available here.