January 30, 2019 IHA0

Itaipu Binacional, the world’s largest generator of renewable energy, has become a strategic partner for the 2019 World Hydropower Congress.

The Brazilian-Paraguayan company operates the Itaipu power plant, which has produced more than 2.6 billion megawatt hours (MWh) of renewable electricity since it became operational in 1984.

In 2018, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA) launched a new Global Network of Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions with Itaipu Binacional as its supporting partner. The initiative will create a platform for sharing knowledge and good practices on integrated approaches for delivering Sustainable Development Goals 6 (clean water and sanitation) and Goal 7 (affordable and clean energy).

Richard Taylor, Chief Executive of the International Hydropower Association (IHA), welcomed Itaipu Binacional’s decision to support the World Hydropower Congress, which will be hosted in Paris from 14-16 May 2019. IHA is a member of the steering committee for the Global Network of Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions.

“Itaipu Binacional is a world leader in the hydropower sector and has made an extraordinary contribution to mitigating carbon emissions through the use of renewable energy since it began generation. Indeed, the World Hydropower Congress will mark the 35th anniversary of the Itaipu plant becoming operational.

“The company is today at the forefront of global efforts to share good practices in clean energy generation and responsible freshwater management in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals,” Mr Taylor said.

With an annual production of over 90 million MWh, it is estimated that the electricity delivered by the Itaipu power plant avoids the emission of 38 million tonnes of CO2 per year, which gas-fired plants would produce to generate the same amount.

The 2019 World Hydropower Congress is organised by IHA. It will focus on hydropower’s role in delivering on the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals. The congress is expected to bring together up to 1,000 representatives from industry, government, finance, academia and civil society to set priorities for the future of hydropower.

In a statement, Itaipu Binacional said: “Aware of the challenges the world is facing, Itaipu supports the 2019 World Hydropower Congress under the theme ‘The Power of Water in a Sustainable, Interconnected World’, defending the benefits of hydroelectricity as a renewable source of energy and a vehicle for regional, social and environmental development.

“Itaipu is in line with the main international guidelines, protocols and platforms for sustainability, among them the SDGs, defined by the United Nations. Its social and environmental actions are oriented especially towards the protection of water, raw material for the generation of energy, and in improving the quality of life of the nearby communities in Brazil and Paraguay, reinforcing the business commitment with the Agenda 2030.

“By virtue of its leadership and experience in the energy sector and the broad sustainability agenda, Itaipu, together with the UN, supports the implementation of joint activities and contributes to capacity building, dialogues and cooperation at all levels, promoting the management of knowledge and the exchange of experiences in the theme of water and energy.

“Itaipu, besides being an example of integration and peaceful cooperation between two countries, also invests in research and innovation for the development of new technologies in the energy sector that can be at service of the Brazilian and the Paraguayan societies, with emphasis on renewable energy sources, and aiming at the sustainable development of its area of influence in both margins of the Parana River.”

About Itaipu Binacional

Itaipu Binacional is the largest generator of hydroelectricity in history, with more than 2.6 billion MWh produced since 1984. The power plant is the result of a partnership between Brazil and Paraguay and is located at the Paraná River, the border between the two countries.

With 14,000 MW of installed capacity, the plant holds the world record of annual production, with 103.1 million MWh generated in 2016. It is currently responsible for 15 per cent of the electricity consumed in Brazil and 90 per cent in Paraguay. The reach of Itaipu, however, extends far beyond energy generation, with several projects on sustainable development that take place at the border region between the two countries.



December 7, 2018 IHA0
Registration is now open for the World Hydropower Congress, the globe’s most important gathering of hydropower decision-makers, experts and innovators.
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This biennial event, which takes place between 14-16 May 2019, brings together representatives of industry, government, finance and civil society to help shape the future of hydropower.

Under the theme ‘The power of water in a sustainable, interconnected world’ the congress focusses on hydropower’s role in delivering on the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.

The event is organised by the International Hydropower Association (IHA).

Attendees can expect:
  • 37 sessions and training workshops
  • Up to 1,000 delegates including decision-makers, experts and innovators
  • Representation from 70+ countries
  • Essential insights into managing freshwater, advancing clean energy systems, reporting on sustainability, and demonstrating climate solutions, among other topics
  • Study tours of hydropower facilities in France and other European countries
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More information about the Congress programme, including speakers, topics, tours and workshops, will be released over the coming weeks. Keep checking our website and sign up to receive updates.

Attendees are encouraged to take advantage of early bird rates available for a limited time period, further information can be found on the registration page:

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October 11, 2018 IHA0
More than 70 senior hydropower decision-makers came together for an IHA workshop to share experiences and look at tools to improve project performance and deal with challenges such as digitalisation and climate change.

The workshop, which took place on 19 September 2018, was hosted in partnership with UNESCO at its headquarters in Paris, France.

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October 1, 2018 IHA0
With benefits including reduced operation and maintenance costs, and enhanced data analysis and project management, the digitalisation of hydropower projects and their control systems is a growing trend in the industry.

A recent workshop organised by the the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) with support from the International Hydropower Association (IHA) explored how digital systems are advancing the operations, maintenance and modernisation of hydropower projects.

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June 14, 2018 IHA0
Plans for the 2019 World Hydropower Congress have been presented at an intergovernmental meeting of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) at its headquarters in Paris.

Governments heard that the international gathering of hydropower leaders and decision-makers in May 2019 will focus on international collaboration, capacity building and innovation in the hydropower sector.

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May 31, 2018 IHA0
Business and policy leaders exchanged views on how to accelerate the adoption of renewable technologies at the Beijing Forum on Hydropower and Future Energy Systems in China last week.

The forum organised by the International Hydropower Association (IHA) brought together more than 100 global leaders and experts in planning and developing small and large-scale energy systems.

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November 10, 2017 IHA0
Paris will host the next World Hydropower Congress between 14 and 16 May 2019, the International Hydropower Association announced today.

The biennial event sets priorities for the future direction of the hydropower sector. It brings together leaders from business, industry, government, finance, UN agencies, academia and civil society organisations.

The seventh World Hydropower Congress is to be hosted in partnership with UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme.

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