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Over 290 organizations from 69 countries call on governments to not use climate funding for so-called “sustainable” hydropower schemes

September 21, 2021

Glasgow,
Scotland—Over 290 organizations from 69 countries
today launched a Rivers for Climate Global Declaration
calling on governments and leaders attending COP26 to protect river ecosystems
and stop using scarce climate funds to finance false climate solutions such as
hydropower. Representing the views of civil society, peoples movements,
Indigenous Peoples’ organizations, scientists, and conservationists, the
declaration called out the proliferation schemes being peddled under an
erroneous pretense of sustainability. 

“Hydropower is not clean energy. We’re at an
unprecedented moment …

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(Full Contents of Hydropower Policy BRIef here)

Our analysis for 2020 is based on two annual reports: “Renewable Capacity Statistics 2021”[1] by IRENA and “Status of Hydropower Report” by the International Hydropower Association (IHA). We reviewed data on the countries adding more than 100 MW, according to at least one of two reports (Table 1). For either IRENA or IHA version our review covers 90% of capacity installed in 2020.

Table 1. Countries installed more than 100 MW hydropower in 2020 (“Hydropower
Champions”)

Notes: “A” marks
difference between IRENA and IHA data. …

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Dedicated to the 2021 World Hydropower Congress, this Brief provides a review of hydropower development in 2020 and rich statistics on hydropower in the 21 century. It notes a modest role of hydropower in renewable energy (RE) revolution, global decline in annual hydropower expansion for the last 7 years. Section contains a brief account of relative advantages and disadvantages of hydropower as a part of “sustainable development”. It further assesses national policy environment for current hydropower development in dam-developing countries, exploring violations of internationally recognized ESG standards and safeguards. The …

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A Cannibal Tasked with Writing “Responsible Eating Guidelines” Faces Natural Difficulties…

It has been almost two weeks since the International Hydropower Association (IHA) announced its “historic commitment” not to build dams inside the World Heritage areas. It became about the last in the long line of industries who have been convinced by the World Heritage Center to declare such a commitment. In the explanatory FAQ document the IHA even says that when creating dams in the same basins but outside World Heritage “the focus should be on avoiding and …

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Bloomberg  

Remove dams in the Giant Salamander Reserve (poster)

As President Xi Jinping calls for greater environmental protection, officials are eager to demolish badly-planned dams. But the country will need vast amounts of clean hydroelectric power to meet its net-zero goal.

China is trying to wean its massive economy off coal and fossil fuels to meet its ambitious goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2060. So why is it trying to shut down as many as 40,000 hydropower plants?

Yebatan Hydro Construction on Jinsha (Upper Yangtze) River. 2018

The answer lies deep in the …

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Chinese Engineers at Turgusun Dam. Xinhua July 2021

According to Xinhua agency the
China-built Turgusun hydropower plant has been operating at full capacity since
mid-July and will help ease a power shortage in East Kazakhstan Region. The
plant is located on the Turgusun River near the city of Altai.
Built by the China International Water and Electric Corporation (CWE), a
subsidiary of the China
Three Gorges Corporation, the station has an installed capacity of 24.9 MW,
and is expected to produce up to 79.8 million kilowatt hours of electricity per
year.

Celebration of successful launch of the third generator. …

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