Become a hydropower sustainability assessor – IHA offers training opportunities

19 July 2018

The International Hydropower Association is offering industry members the chance to gain the necessary skills and knowledge to become an accredited assessor for the hydropower sector’s leading sustainability assessment tools.

A course offered by the IHA will cover the internationally recognised Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol, including its new criteria on climate change mitigation and resilience.

Participants will also be among the first to gain accredited assessor status for the newly developed Environmental, Social and Governance Gap Analysis Tool (ESG Tool).

The Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol promotes and guides more sustainable hydropower projects. It provides a common language which allows governments, civil society, financial institutions and the hydropower sector to evaluate sustainability.

The Protocol offers a way to assess the performance of a hydropower project across more than 25 sustainability topics. Assessments are based on objective evidence and results are presented in a standardised way, enabling better understanding of how existing facilities are performing and how well new projects are being developed.

The Environmental, Social and Governance Gap Analysis Tool (ESG Tool), based on the framework of the Protocol, is designed to identify gaps against good practice and provides an action plan to help project teams address these within a reasonable timeframe. It is divided into 12 topic sections which are compatible with IFC Environmental and Social Performance Standards and the World Bank’s Environmental and Social Framework.

Both tools were developed by IHA in partnership with the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Council, which is formed of social and environmental NGOs, financial institutions, governments and hydropower companies.

To find out more about the training, including information on discounts for IHA members, download the informational flyer or visit

Register your interest by contacting Kay Rhodes, Sustainability Administration Officer, at [email protected]

Improve reporting of greenhouse gas emissions

You can also now register your interest to undertake training on the GHG Reservoir (G-res) tool.

This innovative tool enables hydropower companies and consultants to better estimate the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with the introduction of a reservoir into a landscape.

Until now, accurately assessing reservoir emissions has required large-scale and costly multi-year studies.

The G-res tool however uses readily available input data, providing a cost-effective way to more accurately assess net GHG emissions of a reservoir.

The tool is of even greater significance today as assessing the net GHG emissions of a reservoir is now an expectation for sustainability reporting and a requirement for financing projects with climate finance.

Find out more about the G-res tool by visiting

To find out more about this training opportunity, including information on discounts for IHA members, or to register your interest, email [email protected] 

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