Full Title: Hydropower 2050: Identifying the next 850+ GW towards Net Zero
Author(s): International Hydropower Association
Publisher(s): International Hydropower Association
Publication Date: September 10, 2021
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There needs to be a step change in the amount of global installed capacity of sustainable hydropower by 2050 in order to support the clean energy transition away from fossil fuels and to tackle climate change. This is based on an assessment of modelled pathways to Net Zero from independent energy agencies, as well as looking at current and future planned hydropower capacity.
Hydropower is today the largest source of renewable electricity, with over 1,300 GW of installed capacity providing more than 15% of the world’s electricity. The twin challenges of development and climate change means that we need to both increase the total amount of electricity generated whilst significantly increasing the contribution of low carbon sources. The transition to clean energy is urgent and vital.
The report assesses pathways to net zero modelled by the International Energy Agency (IEA) and International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), against current and future planned hydropower capacity.