Full Title: 2022 Hydropower Status Report
Author(s): International Hydropower Association
Publisher(s): International Hydropower Association
Publication Date: July 1, 2022
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The 2022 Hydropower Status Report, now in its ninth edition, is published while both climate change and energy security are at the forefront of global discourse. Filling the hole left by coal will be a major task over the coming decade. Hydropower, with its ability to provide both flexible and reliable power, is ideally placed to deliver.
In generating around 16 percent of the world’s electricity, hydropower plays a key role providing low-carbon electricity at scale and free from many of the energy security concerns that plague fossil fuels. We know that to keep climate change below 2°C, or the more challenging 1.5°C net zero target, we will need to see a huge increase in low-carbon electricity generation. International agencies such as the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the International Energy Agency (IEA) have consistently modelled a significant increase in the amount of hydropower needed in such energy systems.