World Hydropower Congress

Start: Tuesday, September 07, 2021

End: Friday, September 24, 2021

The World Hydropower Congress is now virtual, free and open to all

The World Hydropower Congress brings together the planet's leading thought leaders, decision-makers and innovators for an historic virtual summit to determine priorities for hydropower development.  

Taking place over three weeks from 7-24 September, the event will showcase how sustainable hydropower is part of the solution to climate change. Influential speakers will set out how investment is urgently needed now to build the smart, resilient, clean energy infrastructure of the future. 

On the eve of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), this is hydropower's opportunity to demonstrate its critical role in the clean energy transition for decades to come.

Registrants will:

  • Hear from the planet’s leading thought leaders, decision-makers and influencers. 
  • Learn about latest industry innovations from developers, operators and manufacturers. 
  • Influence global and regional priorities across policy and investment decisions. 
  • Network with peers and future partners in sessions and through the attendee hub. 
  • Ask questions directly of speakers during live Q&A sessions. 
  • Be the first to hear about new announcements and initiatives impacting hydropower. 

Renewables all together

The 2021 World Hydropower Congress will be hosted under the patronage of the President of Costa Rica and supported by Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE).

Using hydropower, wind, solar, geothermal and bioenergy resources, Costa Rica represents one of the best examples of clean energy systems, responsible freshwater management and climate-change solutions.

Free Participation

This year we will reach a larger, more diverse audience than any previous World Hydropower Congress, All registered participants will have unlimited access to the programme. The event will be the premier global meeting place for energy, finance and development professionals.

Furthermore, live sessions will also be interpreted and accessible on demand so attendees from across the world can engage with the content.

30+ virtual events over 3 weeks

The event will take place from 7 to 24 September 2021 with virtual sessions across multiple time zones bringing discussions to stakeholders around the world. Live sessions will be interpreted and accessible on demand.

24/7 networking

Industry leaders, financiers, policy experts, representatives from governments, international institutions and civil society from around the world will join the World Hydropower Congress.

The virtual Attendee Hub will ensure  participants from multiple timezones can join connect with each other and join the discussions online.

San José Declaration and outcomes

The World Hydropower Congress will set a bold agenda for hydropower, grounded on commitments from the sector and a public declaration that will set the foundation for a new approach towards global hydropower development.

Why influencers attend

"The World Hydropower Congress 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.” – Jean-Bernard Levy, EDF

"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, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

"The Nature Conservancy participates in the World Hydropower Congress because it is an agenda-setting event, convening the decision-makers and facilitating the discussions critical to the successful energy transition that we are working towards." - Giulio Boccaletti, The Nature Conservancy

"Investment in sustainable energy and freshwater management will need to double in order to meet the Paris Agreement targets on climate change. With the World Hydropower Congress, we are sending a clear message that sustainable hydropower will play a pivotal role in decarbonising the economy, providing jobs and long-lasting infrastructure."
- Eddie Rich, CEO, International Hydropower Association (IHA)

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