Multi-Stakeholder Perspectives

The World Hydropower Congress brings together representatives of industry, government, finance, civil society and academia to share their unique perspectives on hydropower and to set priorities for the future.

“With a 97% carbon free energy mix in France, EDF is a major player in the global energy transition. Our ambition is to double the Group’s net installed power in the field of renewable energies. Hydropower is definitely key in this strategy. EDF invests significantly in the maintenance and the optimization of its hydro assets, and works to develop new projects in France and worldwide. This congress in Paris is a fantastic opportunity to meet all the major international hydro players gathered to talk about the role of hydropower in the energy transition and in the preservation of water resources. I wish to all participants a very successful congress.” – Jean-Bernard Levy, CEO, EDF

“Canada is really an international leader when it comes to water power. With more than 60% of our electricity coming from clean and renewable hydropower, and with incredible undeveloped potential, we could move towards a 100% non-emitting electricity grid within the next few years.” – Anne-Raphaëlle Audouin, President, WaterPower Canada

“The value of hydropower is depending on sufficient market access. In a world with more and more intermittent power sources, the value of regional interconnections and regional markets will help to promote  – and make hydropower more valuable” – Hans-Arild Bredesen, Chief Executive Officer, Nord Pool Consulting

“I am delighted to take part in the World Hydropower Congress to discuss one of the most important challenges the world faces today: how hydropower and other means of renewable energy generation can and must play a key role in the fight against climate change.“ – Hordur Arnarson, Chief Executive Officer and President, Landsvirkjun, The National Power Company of Iceland

“New hydropower development has to be compatible with sustainable development and support all the SDGs. We simply can no longer afford to have hydropower operate in isolation of other renewable options, or heavily impacting our freshwater ecosystems in the way it has historically.” – Dr James Dalton, Director, IUCN Global Water Programme

“The future of hydropower is rapidly becoming a key enabler to facilitate the integration of wind and solar power worldwide. It is very important to make sure that hydropower will help reducing greenhouse gas emissions, one of the main topics I am looking forward to discuss at the congress.” – Atle Harby, senior research scientist, SINTEF Energy Research

“As a long-time advocate of operational excellence in hydropower value creation, Bernard looks forward to interact with professionals from around the globe.” – Bernard Valluy, Head of Group Operations, Alpiq

“The World Hydropower Congress brings together a unique network of hydropower operators from all over the globe. This creates an unparalleled opportunity to bring together leading hydropower practitioners, and to address emerging challenges and opportunities across the hydropower industry – including those driven by climate change.” – Craig Davies, Head of Climate Resilience Investments, EBRD

“Hydropower is a renewable energy resource which we cannot discard if we intend to address climate change in a meaningful way. SECO is supporting the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol and its derivatives to help hydropower contribute to the Climate Agenda.” – Daniel Menebhi, State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, SECO

“I am interested in sharing and learning on how to practically deliver the targeted climate knowledge and information to a wide range of users (decision makers, engineers, developers and financiers) to ensure climate resilient hydropower development in the uncertain future.” – Divas B. Basnyat, Senior Water Resources Specialist, Nepal Development Research Institute (NDRI)

 “I look forward to attending the 2019 Congress in Paris because it is the most comprehensive international gathering to bring hydropower experts from around the world and to provide strong updates and forums on a wide range of technical and social/environmental issues” – Ed Wojczynski, Engineer and Principal, EW Sustainable Hydropower Consulting

 “At this challenging  for hydropower industry period, I hope the Congress  participants will devote enough time and effort to analyze impacts the advance of hydropower has on biodiversity, health and resilience of river ecosystems in rapidly changing climate, as well as conflicts with indigenous people and affected local communities. Without resolving these controversies this sector has no sustainable future.” – Eugene Simonov, Coordinator and Conservation Science Expert, Rivers without Boundaries International Coalition

“Preserving the ecological function of rivers and the conservation of aquatic biodiversity are essential to the sustainable development of hydropower, I look forward to discussing the science of environmental flows at the World Hydropower Congress.” – François Edwards, Lead River Ecologist, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

“Hydropower will continue to be an essential part of the energy matrix of the future.  I am looking forward to hearing lessons about digitalization, benefit sharing, safety, and other aspects that will make projects more attractive and sustainable in the long run.” – Luiz Gabriel Azevedo, Division Chief, Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance Division, IDB Invest

“The 20th century saw great activity in dam construction. Societies worldwide have now become dependent on the services supplied by dams and the reservoirs they impound. This infrastructure is irreplaceable, and to sustain and grow living standards requires that dams and reservoirs continue to function, despite the encroachment of sediment.” – Gregory L Morris, International Expert

“Currently we are globally losing more reservoir storage space to sedimentation than what we are adding through construction of new dams. If this trend continues in the presence of climate change it is clear that we will not be able to reliably supply hydropower and other water services in the foreseeable future.” – George W. Annandale, Consultant, George W. Annandale, Inc.

“NHI believes that the technique of integrating solar photovoltaic arrays into the operations of existing hydropower reservoirs has the potential to increase renewable, power generation and save many highly-productive aquatic ecosystems around that world that are threatened by river infrastructure and climate change.” – Gregory A Thomas, Executive Director, Natural Heritage Institute

“Being able to measure sustainability is the bedrock of continuous improvement and key to helping our clients all over the world do better hydropower.” – Kimberly Lyon, Water Resources Specialist (Consultant), World Bank Group

“The 2019 World Hydropower Congress is a valuable opportunity to share experiences and promote the benefits of interconnections in developing regions of the world.” – Leslie Chai, General Manager of System Planning, Sarawak Energy

“Energy and electricity is mother of Industries and in its absence growth ambition of a country dies. Small scale hydropower schemes, proven crucial in nation building and modernization of economy, could benefit many countries to succeed sustainable development.” – Rana Singh, Industrial Development Officer, UNIDO

“Latin America is a region rich in renewable energy resources. Water from its rivers will continue to be one of the main sources of energy supply for the region. The construction of large hydroelectric plants and the transmission lines that are required to transport energy face a series of environmental and social obstacles that must be adequately addressed. A broad discussion on the subject will contribute to a better understanding of the problem and the ways to face it.” – Medardo Cadena, Director of Integration, Access and Energy Security

“Hydropower can be a clean and sustainable energy source but can also present important challenges to the natural environment. We see an increasing number of World Heritage sites that risk to be seriously impacted by planned hydropower projects. It will be important for the credibility of the industry to adopt best practices to evaluate these potential impacts and ensure they can be avoided. We believe this session can be a major step forward in this debate.” – Guy Debonnet, Programme Specialist, UNESCO World Heritage Centre







“The ambitious targets for renewables requires a new perspective for integrating intermittent energy sources in the actual grids. This is a great opportunity for existing hydro plants to maximize their utilization, by hybridizing with non despatchable renewables.

“We are looking forward in this congress to contribute to this discussion with real and future applications.” – Miguel Patena, Director, International Development and Innovation and Technology Divisions, EDP Produção S.A.

“I am excited to see the growing interest in floating solar from the hydropower community, and looking forward to discussing how we can accelerate adoption in our client countries”. – Oliver Knight, Senior Energy Specialist, World Bank Group

 “Worldwide companies shall respond to the current expectations from society.  Renewable energy companies should realize that there are greater opportunities by contributing and committing to societal needs and aspirations … by promoting project benefits we contribute, for example to Sustainable Development Goals at the same time as we strengthen our business backbone.” – Orlando San Martin, Senior Advisor, Environmental and Social Sustainability, Statkraft

“The Hydropower Sector Climate Resilience Guide will deliver pragmatic and accessible guidance for the hydropower sector, which is so important as a source of renewable, clean energy” – Patrick Ray, Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering, University of Cincinnati

“The World Hydropower Congress will be an opportunity to present new tools and methods for hydropower development that combine the economic dimension of the projects with social and environmental values defined by the stakeholders under an objective and transparent framework” – Rafael Kelman, Executive Director, PSR Consultancy

“The World Hydropower Congress provides a platform for global leaders to share experiences and focus on hydropower’s role in delivering sustainable development and an interconnected world.” – Tammy Chu, Managing Director, Entura, Hydro Tasmania

“Asset Management strategy for a portfolio in operation and M&A process with focus in risk management and value creation.” – Thiago Tomazzoli, Senior Asset Manager, Statkraft AS

“Energy is a must for a country to develop. With today’s climate challenges renewable energy is the way to go. Renewable hydropower gives a baseload that in addition to sun and wind will guarantee households and businesses a stable supply of energy. In my part of the world we take stable energy for granted. Why should the rest of the world expect less?” – Torger Lien, Chief Executive Officer, SN Power



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